2022 Conference Presenters

The Fulbright Association is proud to feature the following presenters for sessions at its 45th Annual Conference, “Fulbright Reunion”  Please note that this list is subject to change.

Opening Plenary

Oksana Markarova – Ukraine Ambassador to the USA

October 6th – 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm EST

The Fulbright Association is honored to host Ukraine Ambassador Oksana Markarova to deliver the keynote address to our Annual Conference. Ambassador Markarova will speak on the war in Ukraine, then join a panel of distinguished scholars and diplomats, moderated by Association board member Ambassador Reka Szemerkenyi.

Oksana Markarova was appointed the Ukraine’s Ambassador to the USA and arrived in DC on Apr 20, 2021. She served in Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance in 2015-2020 as First deputy Minister and Government commissioner on investments and then since 2018 as a Minister of Finance.

Selma Jeanne Cohen Dance Lecture Award

Friday, October 7 – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Dr. Janaki Nair

Dr. Janaki Nair is a Kathakali performer and a visual anthropologist who continues to explore the concept of embodying, its aligning psychophysical practices, concepts and methodologies. Through her research, she explored possibilities of making ethnographic films to create cultural and artistic memories. She is a post-graduate (M.A) in Media and her second master’s degree (MFA) is in dance.

In 2020, she completed her PhD from Northumbria University with specialised supervision from University of Oxford. She is currently a Research Project Leader at the OCHS, University of Oxford. At University of Lincoln, she researched about sustainable education methodology in post-conflict settings. She won Kerala State Best Actress Award, 2015 for her acting skills and is elected as a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, London in 2017. Read More.

Conference Presentations

(For presentations with co-presenters, the primary presenter is listed below)

General SessionsFulbright TalksRoundtablesPosters
Mara Rubia Andre Alves de Lima
Alexandra Asrow
Dan Baciu
Nancy Bartley
Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari
Sarah Cohen
Alex Counts
Jasmin Cowin
Nancy Economou
Kathleen Gallagher
Trangdai Glassey-Tranguyen
Nada Glick
Minal Hajratwala
Justin Hansfors
Rob Houston
Annette Marie Jones
Renee Knake Jefferson
Charlotte McDaniel
Lois M. Meyer
Patrice Moulton
Grace Mukupa
Kathleen Mulligan
Jay Nathan
Veronica Onorevole
Julia Pataky
Roberto Rivera
Daya Sandhu
Jeffrey Stanley
Marilyn Susman
Bruce Svare
Mary Kate Vanecko
LaTanya White, Ph.D, M.B.A.
Ellen Anders
Karen Barton
Gwyneth Bravo
Anne Fitzgibbon
Juhee Lee-Hartford
Patrice Moulton
Rizwangul NurMuhammad
Raymond O'Donnell
David Prihoda
Masha Ryskin
Jeffrey Stanley
Bill Wilen
Diane Boothe
Masachs Boungou
Gwyneth Bravo
Vincent Briley
Patricia Brock
Alicia Caballero
Aliye Celik
Ana Coimbra Trigo
Darlene DeMarie
John Donnellan
Kathie Erwin
Laurence French
Mike Gallagher
Daryl Gordon
Anne Graham Cagney
Mariana Hernandes Grassi
Maya Kalyanpur
Roopali Kambo
Gulnara Mendikulova
Susan Meyers
Brenda Moore
Manfred Philipp
Amy Roberts
Panarat Rohleder
Daya Sandhu
Barbara Schwartz-Bechet
Vishnu Sharma
Lin Shi
Carol Sterling
Juanita Babet Villena-Alvare
Richard Vogel
John Weaver
Robby Anggriawan
Khaled Benaida
Celia Maria Blandon
Carla Cabrera Cuadrado
Jesús de la Torre Cañadilla
Hilda Demsky
Cheryl Drout
Kathie Erwin
Eric Fretz
Timothy Gonchoroff
Marcia J. Harr Bailey
Miguel Ashley Hernández Urbaneja
Monica Lakhwani
Katt Lissard
Hugo Mendieta
Amirah Nelson
Mary Rauktis
Clara Rice
Ana Sanchez-Munoz
Anne Schiller
Dhruv Shah
Carol Sterling
Victoria Sudakova

Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from a Career Launched by Fulbright

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (General Session in Susquehanna & Severn)

Presentation Abstract

This workshop will focus on practical leadership lessons that are especially applicable to mission-driven careers that the presenter culled from his years running Grameen Foundation and that are presented in his recent book “Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind: Leadership Lessons from Three Decades of Social Entrepreneurship.” It will be a participatory and engaging session. It will also draw from the lessons for changemakers from the microfinance movement that the presenter was a leader in for many years.

Alex Counts – General Session, Changing the World Without (1055)

Mr. Alex Counts

AMC Consulting LLC

Presenter Bio

Alex Counts is the founder of Grameen Foundation, which he established in 1997 as an outgrowth of his Fulbright Fellowship with Grameen Bank in 1988-89, and ran the organization for 18 years. Its budget grew to $25 million annually by its 12th year in operations. Today he is a consultant, educator, and writer, and the author of 4 books including “”Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind”” and “Small Loans, Big Dreams: Grameen Bank and the Microfinance Revolution in Bangladesh, America and Beyond.” You can find out more about him at http://www.alexcounts.com.

Your Career: The Next Step

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (General Session in Ambassador)

Presentation Abstract

Fulbright experiences shape who we are and how we think about our futures. The transition from Fulbright to career offers a special opportunity to consider what you aspire to for your future career. This presentation will suggest ways to use your Fulbright experience to inform and enrich your work future, career planning and career paths, generate career connections and opportunities in the U.S. or abroad. At the same time, COVID, with more than two years of reduced or eliminated jobs, presents career/job search challenges, and as well enhanced opportunity for remote work. A panel of experienced career counselors, each with Fulbright or international experience, will address strategies, the nuts and bolts of the job search process, and will answer your questions.

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Dr. Nada Glick

Presenter Bio

Nada Beth Glick, MA. MEd., Ed.D, currently a Career Counselor in private practice, has administered career development or counseling departments at Sarah Lawrence College, Westchester Community College/SUNY, and Yeshiva University. She has served on the Fulbright Association Board, and is currently FA Senior Fellow for Mentoring.
Fulbright International Educators Program Germany, 1995

David J. Smith, Adjunct Faculty, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

David J. Smith

Presenter Bio

JD, MS. Career Coach and Peacebuilding Trainer, President of Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education Fulbright Scholar Estonia, 2003-04.

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Sherry Lee Mueller

Presenter Bio

MAID, PhD. Distinguished Practitioner in residence at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C. Recipient of 2011 One to World Fulbright Award for Citizen Diplomacy.

Critiquing Supreme Court Shortlists and the Credentials of Those Selected

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (General Session in Cabinet)

Presentation Abstract

Now more than ever, who sits upon the United States Supreme Court matters. In this session, the shortlisting and selection process will be examined by the authors of two recent books on the topic. Ben Barton is author of The Credentialed Court: Inside the Cloistered, Elite Word of American Justice and Renee Knake Jefferson is author of Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court. Together they will reveal a fascinating, untold history of how justices are selected and offer proposals for reform. The topic is especially timely as the nation’s first female African American justice will begin her first term on the US Supreme Court in October 2022.

Rennee Jefferson – General Session, Critiquing Supreme Court

Prof. Renee Knake Jefferson

University of Houston Law Center

Presenter Bio

Renee Knake Jefferson is a law professor and an award-winning author whose work is frequently featured in the media including C-SPAN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She holds the Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center. She also serves as a trustee of Michigan State University. A Fulbright recipient and elected member of the American Law Institute, she regularly consults on matters related to lawyer/judicial ethics. She has testified before Congress about judicial recusal and before the federal judiciary about reform to sexual harassment and workplace misconduct rules. She is the author of four books and numerous articles published by leading journals like the Fordham Law Review, Illinois Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal Forum, as well as the book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, which was re-released this year in paperback.

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Ben Barton

Presenter Bio

Professor Barton is the Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law and is the author of five books: The Credentialed Court, Fixing Law Schools, Rebooting Justice, Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession, and The Lawyer-Judge Bias.
Barton is an expert in Supreme Court Justice backgrounds and access to justice issues. He has worked as an associate at a large law firm, clerked for a federal judge, represented the indigent for 12 years as a clinical law professor, and now teaches torts, contracts, evidence, conflict of laws, and the A2J Lab, an innovative law and coding class.
Professor Barton has won the student selected Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award and has been named the outstanding faculty advisor for UT Pro Bono three times. He also won the 2010 LSAC Philip D. Shelton Award for outstanding research in legal education. In 2014-15 he received a Fulbright Award to teach Comparative Law at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Finding Your People

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (General Session in Judiciary)

Presentation Abstract

This presentation is designed to acknowledge the universality of the feelings often shared by Fulbrighters after returning from service. The process of settling with all that is observed and absorbed during intense cultural emersion will be discussed. The illustration of one persons journey of returning home and seeking affiliation will be shared. The role of the Fulbright Association and the many opportunities provided will be highlighted. The presentation will be interactive and will allow participants to begin a personal plan for finding and connecting in meaningful ways after ending a specific Fulbright contract.

Patrice Moulton

Dr. Patrice Moulton

Northwestern State University

Presenter Bio

Patrice Moulton serves as full professor of psychology at Northwestern State University in the Masters’ Program for Clinical Psychology. She lives in Natchitoches Louisiana with husband, Michael Moulton, a graduate professor in sports administration. Their son, Bryce, is a student at Tulane University. Dr. Moulton has worked as an educator, administrator, practitioner, supervisor and consultant for over 30 years. She is the author of multiple self-help and higher education textbooks.

Dr. Moulton served as a Fulbright Specialists to Nepal in 2017 and has continued her work in Nepal collaborating in higher education and advocating for human rights through teaching and volunteering as a board member for Empower Nepali Girls Organization, which provides educational opportunities to girls at high-risk. . Patrice loves traveling, adventure, trekking, advocacy, volunteering, and community involvement.

Fulbright Advocates Reunion Panel: Sharing Grant Experiences with Ongoing Engagement

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (General Session in Potomac & Patuxent)

Presentation Abstract

Fulbright stories are powerful individual experiences. Recently, I had the privilege and honor to network and exchange Fulbright experiences with three fantastic Fulbright alumni, as we prepared for our advocacy team presentations. In our email interactions, I found my colleagues’ enthusiasm and passion so compelling that went beyond our expectations. Yes, they are positive and have transformative impact on all of us. It became clear to me that we are committed to Fulbright mission for the remainder of our lives—and continue to stay connected with our host countries, enjoy contributions to international education way past our Fulbright grant periods. We believe that these stories and themed panel discussion do advance Fulbright mission. The panel presenters will use conversational mode.

Jay Nathan – Fulbright Advocates Reunion Panel (1058)

Dr. Jay Nathan

St. John’s University

Presenter Bio

Jay enjoys teaching International Business, with insights on country-cultures. He is a past-president of the Global Awareness Society International, and editor of the online Journal of Global Awareness. A tenured full professor at Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University, New York City. He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Thailand and Kazakhstan, enthusiastic about Fulbright mission—and sees the world as one large campus.

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Arthur Piszczatowski

Presenter Bio

Arthur’s Fulbright experience was in Skopje, North Macedonia as a core-scholar. He is a sociologist and has worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and other local universities. His experiences through Fulbright and as a sociologist brought him to the realization of the central purpose of building dialog in our societies which led him to his current path of developing an organization that focuses on developing Empirical Dialog. A central purpose for him is to theoretically see deeper into our common social structure and to develop the best strategic choices for the evolution of our societies.

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J.P. Masly

Presenter Bio

J.P. is a Fulbright Scholar to Greece. His Fulbright experience was incredibly valuable as it helped him to launch the research and chart his current career in genetics and developmental biology, including research projects to understand genetic variation in traits among varied species. His experience also provided him with lasting relationships that have endured during his career. He is currently a tenured professor and Associate Director of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

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George Hooker

Presenter Bio

George is a Fulbright Exchange Biology Teacher for the school year 1990-91, in West Midland, England. Active Vermont Fulbright Chapter member. Strongly believes in Fulbright mission, continues to engage with his host community, personally and professionally, ever since.

Calcutta 1908: Apocalypse Now

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (General Session in Diplomat)

Presentation Abstract

In this unavoidably incendiary romp, Stanley uses news coverage and advertisements from Calcutta newspapers to give an account of daily life for Indians under a heavily militarized police state in the capital of British India. After pro-Independence plays and their songs were banned, and newspaper editors and activist public speakers imprisoned, Indians’ boycott of British goods grew in popularity until–the last straw–the legalization of public floggings of Indian minors. The situation reached its boiling point in 1908 with the bombings of white officials. The Raj responded with increased martial law and intentionally inflaming Hindu-Muslim disunity while keeping the people of England in the dark about what was being done in their name half a world away.

Jeffrey Stanley – Strange Love (1007)

Mr. Jeffrey Stanley

Presenter Bio

Jeffrey Stanley was a 2018-19 Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar in India, and serves as a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador. He wrote the play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000), a wartime drama set in the late 1990s Balkans which premiered Off Broadway to rave reviews in 1999, and which has been produced around the world. His essays have been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, et al, and he is a performance artist and filmmaker. Stanley was an inmate at Yaddo and a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College. He holds MFA and BFA degrees from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and an adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch. He lives in Philadelphia.

A Mentoring Program for Visiting Fulbright Students and Scholars

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM (General Session in Congressional)

Presentation Abstract

The Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association sponsored a Mentoring Program (MP) matching Fulbright Alumni with Visiting Students and Scholars. Alumni provided an introduction to the cultural life of Chicago, insight into navigating their academic institutions, professional and personal networking opportunities, and served as confidants and informal advisers. Using questionnaires, the Program matched the participants based on similarity of their academic and professional interests. The presentation describes the stages in developing this program, its structure, its expectations, the training and supervision and examples of mentor-mentee experiences. The evaluation surveys highlight the impact of the MP on the individuals involved.

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Dr. Marilyn Susman

Loyola University Chicago

Presenter Bio

Marilyn Susman, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago and Adjunct Professor, The Chicago School. During her tenure at Loyola she taught courses in counseling skills, theory, consultation and supervision. She developed an interdisciplinary course on the Psychology and Theology of Personal Growth. She conducted research and published on the Inner Experiences of Therapists across Developmental Levels. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Malaysia (1997) in Cyprus (2003) and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Indonesia (2013.) She continues to provide workshops for school counselors in Indonesia sponsored by Sanata Dharma University. She is in the private practice of a psychology working with individuals of all ages and couples. She provides supervision for students at The Chicago Center of Psychoanalysis.

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Suzanne McBride

Presenter Bio

Suzanne McBride is a professor of journalism and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Columbia College Chicago. She also works as an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and runs the local news web site AustinTalks.org, which covers Chicago’s West Side. She has lectured in Asia, Canada, Europe and the United States, and in 2012, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Ireland, where she taught at the Dublin Institute of Technology. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Iowa, Suzanne served as a legislative aide for former Congressman Tony P. Hall in Washington, D.C., before earning a master’s degree in journalism with honors from Northwestern University. She’s also worked at The Indianapolis Star, the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and WTHR-Channel 13.

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Michael Schlesinger

Presenter Bio

Michael Schlesinger is the founding director of the Business Enterprise Law Clinic at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law (UIC Law, Ret.), where he also served as an adjunct professor teaching Transactional Law and Representing the Business Client, a course he created, and Corporation Law. Before joining UIC Law, Michael practiced business and transactional law for nearly 40 years with a mid-size Chicago law firm. Michael was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic for the 2018—2019 academic year at the Faculty of Law, Palacký University and appointed as a Visiting Professor. Michael is a graduate of UIC Law where he was a member of the law review and earned a degree in Economics from Dickinson College.

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Dr. Ana Gil Garcia

Presenter Bio

Dr. Ana Gil Garcia, professor Emerita, five-time Fulbright Scholar, is an internationally acclaimed professional, published author, esteemed community leader and forerunning advocate for diversity. She works tirelessly with organizations devoted to Latino leadership parity and equity. With more than 100 awards and recognitions for her work on educational leadership, higher education, and human rights, she has launched Latina empowerment programs, junior faculty development trainings, teacher and principal preparations, digital access advocacy for Latinos, Hispanic professional educational organization coalitions and international bridges for minority students. Rotary Club President (2022-23), she co-founded the Illinois Venezuelan Alliance, 501(c3) organization, to assist Venezuelan refugees. The Executive Director of the Office of Academic Effectiveness at St. Augustine College, LULAC National Education Committee Vice-Chair, is a Fulbright Chicago Chapter Board member.

English Learning Environments and Methods in Rural Settings in Europe and Idaho

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

This roundtable presentation examines English learning environments and methods in rural settings in Europe and Idaho, assessing their contributions to language learning, both written and spoken. This presentation provides an overview of my current sabbatical project and will compare and contrast educational systems, including two different styles of English education structured in a comparative analysis using five focal areas. These areas are Structure of Rural Education, English Language Learning Modalities, Linguistic Environment, Academic Leadership, and Indicators of Success. English language teaching in rural areas has a unique set of challenges and provides an overarching opportunity to impact success serving as a catalyst for the expansion of learning.

Diane Boothe – Roundtable – English Learning Environments

Dr. Diane Boothe

Boise State University

Presenter Bio

Diane Boothe is Professor and Director of P-20 Outreach at Boise State University. She served as Dean of the College of Education at Boise State University from 2005-2014 and Department Chair of Curriculum and Instruction and Professor at the University of West Georgia previously. She participated in the Fulbright France International Education Administrators Program in 2014. Her research areas include gifted education, cultural diversity and second language acquisition, and she has been featured as the keynote and plenary speaker at international and national conferences in these areas. She coauthored a book titled In the Eyes of the Beholder: Critical Issues for Diversity in Gifted Education and holds a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California.

To Unite or Reunite? How to Keep the Collegial Link Alive and Expanding

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Our scholarly interactive world has been shrinking in size as digital technologies are expanding our horizons. No borders to cross, no passports or visas required. The challenges are calculating and crossing time zones plus accessing and adapting to Zoom! We can share our ideas, perspectives, and research findings through interactive exchanges in real time on screens or through virtual interactive avatar worlds like Virbela. By creating global links of respect and response, we can build diplomatic bridges through collegial communication as we promote our Fulbright roots. How to start and where? Keep the link alive and growing! Join the conversation!

Patricia Brock – Roundtable Discussion, To Unite or Reunite (1134)

Dr. Patricia Brock

Pace University

Presenter Bio

Dr. Patricia Brock has been a professor in the School of Education at Pace University NYC for 27 years but extended her collegial reach beyond the university footprint. She is currently an invited member of the Abu Dhabi University Global Engagement Program physically located in the UAE where international scholars offer webinars on topics that cross cultural borders and disciplines. At this session she will share sample programs, benefits and challenges of participating in this intriguing adventure of educational exchanges. Collaborative points will include encouraging and accessing membership, sharing your global links, and highlighting your experiences in a global community of scholars.

Introducing and Adapting New Techniques – Our Role as Teachable Expert

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

“Be good at something it makes you valuable…. have something to bring to the table because that will make you more welcome” – Randy Pausch. That is the spirit of our Fulbright service. Introducing Sandtray and Rocks as Genograms to my Icelandic Colleagues and Students led to further development of these modalities for other international work with families and trauma. Discussing our role as the Teachable Expert within different cultural contexts enhances our work as returning professionals and educators. In launching discussion, a brief demonstration of Rocks as Genograms will be given.

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Dr. Kathie Erwin

Divine Mercy University

Presenter Bio

Dr. Kathie Erwin is an Associate Professor in the Masters Counseling Program at Divine Mercy University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor and AMHCA Diplomate in Mental Health Counseling. Dr Erwin served as Fulbright Specialist to University of Iceland (2018). She is a Master Field Traumatologist and Board Member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology who has served as Team Leader in Trinidad, India, Romania, and Ukraine. Author of seven professional counseling books, Group Work for Aging Adults, 2nd Edition (2013) generated international interest.

Using Total Physical Response to Make a Difference in Language Acquisition

Friday, October 7 – 8:30 AM – 8:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Total Physical Response (TPR) and Total Physical Response Stroytelling (TPRS) are unique as language learning tools. Total Physical Response was created by James Asher in the early 1960s. He ran a German program where students learned by connecting actions to words. His group of girl scouts studied the TPR for 20 minutes a day for 6 weeks. At the end of the six weeks, they scored evenly with Defense Department personnel who were studying for German for the same six weeks while spending several hours a day. The 20 minute session starts with participants learning several commands in a very foreign language. They learn language through movement and listening. The session is memorable and fun. Language learning is not limited to young students.

Mike Gallagher – Roundtable Discussion – Using Total Hysical Response (1110)

Mr. Mike Gallagher

Presenter Bio

I was born in Denver, Colorado. While completing my undergraduate degree, I studied at the University of Bordeaux. After graduation, I took a position in Japan teaching English which grew to my own company teaching English and French. After my first French teaching job, I taught high school English literature. I published two public speaking books: In Their Own Words in 2005 and Speaking Out: An Introduction to Public Speaking in 2011. In 2005, I received a Fulbright to work in Turkey and ran teacher training seminars throughout Turkey. I have spoken on a variety of subjects including Protest Poetry, Religious Pluralism, Student- Centered Classroom, Modern Tyranny, and language acquisition through Total Physical Response and Total Physical Response Storytelling.

The Role of a Campus Committee in Diversifying the Fulbright Applicant Pool

Friday, October 7 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Presenters will discuss how a campus Fulbright committee at a locally-focused university without a strong infrastructure to support Fulbright candidates have successfully mentored a robust cohort of candidates. Presenters will share the formation and composition of the campus committee and its efforts to 1) publicize Fulbright scholarships, especially among students who may not have considered themselves as potential candidates and 2) encourage BIPOC, first generation, and non-traditional college students to envision themselves as Fulbright scholars. This discussion session will be especially useful to campus faculty and staff from institutions seeking ways to promote global citizenship among their students.

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Dr. Daryl Gordon

Adelphi University

Presenter Bio

Prof. Daryl Gordon is an Associate Professor at Adelphi University in the Bilingual/TESOL Program. She and her colleagues developed a Fulbright Campus Committee over 10 years ago. They have been successful in encouraging students who might lack the funds for an international experience to become Fulbright scholars.

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Dr. Ming Wu

Presenter Bio

Dr. Wu is an Associate Professor in the Bilingual/TESOL Program at Adelphi University. She serves on the Campus Fulbright Committee and on the Fulbright ETA Review Committee.

How Can We Empower The Working-Class?

Friday, October 7 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

When one considers anti-discrimination policies, one may think of actions to tackle gender or racial discrimination. However, we rarely add class discrimination to the equation. Why are most workers excluded from decision-making meetings in their own workplaces? The rise of the world’s unemployment rate during the pandemic has shown us we live in a society where workers are considered disposable due to the insatiable drive for profits. In other words, it is acceptable for managers to be openly discriminatory against working-class people. Thus, how can social entrepreneurship pave the way for more sustainable and democratic alternative workplaces that value not only profitability, but also the wellbeing of their workers as well as their community? How can working-class people be empowered?

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Mariana Hernandes Grassi

Loyola University Chicago

Presenter Bio

Mariana Hernandes Grassi has been teaching English as a Second Language and Portuguese as a Foreign Language since 2010. She was the first Fulbright Scholar at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft – NJ, USA, 2013-2014) as part of the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program. Mariana Hernandes Grassi holds an MA in TESOL from American University (Washington – DC, USA, 2019) and a BEd in Language and Literature Education from Universidade Federal de Pelotas (Pelotas – RS, Brazil, 2013). She is currently pursuing an MA in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies and an EdD in Curriculum, Culture and Communities at Loyola University Chicago. Her main research interests focus on gender inequalities within educational institutions as well as teacher-owned cooperatives as better educational alternatives.

Learning Disabilities and Education For All in India: The Dilemma of Difference

Friday, October 7 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Based on qualitative research, using postcolonial and disability studies theoretical frameworks, I focus on “the dilemma of difference” (Minow, 1990) in the international development goal of Education For All in India: students who are excluded and labeled learning disabled because they struggle academically even as efforts are being made to include all children into the educational system. I offer evidence that in the current context of neoliberal globalization, low-income students seeking to learn English for socioeconomic mobility are particularly vulnerable in systems that lack adequate supports and resources to meet their academic needs, raising the question: how can universal templates for education achieve the goal of quality education for all?

Maya Kalyanpur – Roundtable Discussion, Learning Disabilities and Education For All in India (1092)

Maya Kalyanpur

University of San Diego

Presenter Bio

Maya Kalyanpur, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of San Diego, received her PhD in Special Education from Syracuse University. She was an international advisor in inclusive education to the Cambodian Ministry of Education under the Global Partnership for Education program and has conducted research on the intersections of culture, international development and disability studies, with a specific focus on international inclusive education policy and practice. She was awarded the AERA Multicultural/Multiethnic Education Vallejo Memorial Award for Lifetime Scholarship and was a Fulbright Foundation Senior Research Fellow to India. Her most recent book is titled Development, education and learning disability in India.

Research Findings: Type Design/Type Abstraction and Meaningful Human Experiences

Friday, October 7 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

As a Fulbright Scholar in non-Latin based type (Devanagari), I will take this opportunity to present my research findings and discuss art and design in Devanagari and other non-Latin based scripts. Goal: broaden the dialog in non-Latin based type at the global level.
I explore the relevance of the script and how it reflects the community and culture. As someone with a hyphenated identity myself, I search and transform my transnational experiences as a powerful source of my creativity. Language/script visually communicates the message beyond content itself, thus promoting cross cultural understanding and diversity through art that is story telling. This is the unifying idea behind this proposed discussion.

Roopali Kambo – Roundtable Discussion, Research Findings

Roopali Kambo

Tallahassee Community College

Presenter Bio

“I am a recipient of a Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar award 2018-19 (Research) awarded by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB). My research for the Fulbright grant was based on the study of the Devanagari script in terms of type and culture and creative explorations of the script as an art form. Believing that typography isn’t just for content I engage in the complexities of painting as a medium and examine type as an art form in of itself.
I am a tenured professor at Tallahassee Community College (TCC), with both a B.F.A. and a M.F.A. in graphic design, and serve as the primary faculty for the Graphic and Web Design Technology degree. “

Development of Diaspora Studies in Kazakhstan – A New Branch in Humanities

Friday, October 7 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Our independence, as well as American exchange, research, and educational initiatives, made it feasible for Kazakhstan to develop its Diaspora Studies. A recent addition to the humanities in our area is Diaspora Studies. All of the former Soviet republics have chosen their own paths for development since the demise of the Soviet Union. International collaboration in the fields of science and education got its start because of initiatives like IREX, ASTR/ACCELL, Soros, and, of course, Fulbright, which came here in the early of 1990s.
We established a brand-new research school with a few postdocs, PhDs, MAs, and undergraduates. I want to demonstrate in my presentation how Kazakhstan’s new area of social sciences and humanities was founded and developed.

Mendikulova Gulnara – Roundtable Discussion, Development of Diaspora

Prof. Dr. Gulnara Mendikulova

Satbsyev University

Presenter Bio

Prof., Dr., Gulnara Malbagarovna Mendikulova is the President of Mendikulov’s Foundation, Professor, Department of Social Disciplines, Satbayev University, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan (MES RK).
My main research areas are the historical and current problems of ethnic politics, the Kazakh Diaspora and Irredenta, Migration in Eurasia, ethnicity, polyethnicity in Central Asia, and others. I am Doktor istoricheskikh nauk, Full Professor of History, Academician of the International Academy of History and Social Sciences.
I am a founder of the new branch in the Social Sciences in Kazakhstan – Diaspora Studies. I created a new research school: have a few Post-docs, PhD, MA and Bachelors.
I have had Kazakhstani and International fellowships, grants, awards, including the Fulbright grant (1999, 2013), and Fulbright Alumni grant (2005).

Egyptian Nursing Faculty Development

Friday, October 7 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Egyptian faculty members from three universities, 43 female and 2 male participated in a workshop series that focused on low-resource simulation development, scenario building, item writing, and the flipped classroom model as part of a Fulbright sponsored project. This month-long professional development workshop was completed in-person in Egypt during the fall of 2021. This session will discuss planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and lessons learned.

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Dr. Brenda Moore

Texas Woman’s University

Presenter Bio

Dr. Brenda Moore is an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University in the College of Nursing . Her research and academic interest is focused on nursing education, simulation and success of historically marginalized students.

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Cheherezade Ghazi

Badr University Cairo

Presenter Bio

Dr. Ghazi is the Dean of Faculty at Badr University Cairo, College of Nursing

Fostering Collaborative Online International Learning: Lessons Learned From a United States – Uzbekistan Partnership

Friday, October 7 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is a teaching-learning approach whereby entire courses or modules are co-developed and team taught by instructors from different institutions for students of both institutions. This presentation explains how an institutional partnership between the University of Wyoming (United States) and Bukhara State University (Uzbekistan) was implemented and developed during a 16-week semester. As a first-time COIL partnership, implications offer a model for expanding the landscape of academic enterprises to engage globally. A summary discussion of lessons learned and plans for sustained engagement will invite audience questions and comments.

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Dr. Amy Roberts

University of Wyoming

Presenter Bio

Roberts’ area of expertise is international comparative education aligned with ideologies that inform the globalization and internationalization of academic communities worldwide. As an educator Roberts has dedicated many years as a teacher with children and adults from all world regions. She welcomes opportunities to design courses and projects for students to examine global events and challenges of the contemporary era. Roberts has lived, taught, and conducted field research in Myanmar, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the United States. She completed two 11-month Fulbright awards in Taiwan and Myanmar along with an 11-month US State Department fellowship at the Mandalay University in Mandalay Myanmar. Favorite quote: Be the change you want to see in the world (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi).

Academic Leadership

Friday, October 7 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Vision of Academic leadership is the most important aspect for development and progress of any academic Institute. It encompasses student, faculty and linked society which has to flow accordingly. In post millennium era when the society is struggling with different sets of questions in terms of food security and safety, climate change, Zoonotic diseases, Jobs and skills etc. ; the role of university and its leadership becomes more significant and meaning full for providing direction to the young generation and society.
There should be more focus towards developing interdisciplinary programmes in such a way that it contribute effectively to the development of society.

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Prof Vishnu Sharma

Post Graduate Institute Of Veterinary Education & Research, Jaipur,India

Presenter Bio

Prof. Vishnu Sharma is currently working as Professor in a state Government University in India. Looking to his academic and administrative excellence, at the age of 52, he was appointed as Vice Chancellor of state university by Govt. ( Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner, India) for a term for 3 years . He was given additional responsibility of Vice Chancellorship of other two state Govt. universities.
He successfully completed tenure of all 3 universities and initiated some unique programmes for “”Entrepreneurship skills of students””, Farm Sustainability and complete digitalization university management. He received “” e-governance award”” for this implementation . He was also conferred Honorary rank of “”Colonel”” in recognition to his contribution.
He had travelled abroad for many scientific and academic assignments and published significant contributions.
His vision is to “”link universities in development aspects of society””

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Dr Sanjita

Presenter Bio

Dr Sanjita is DEAN of Veterinary College and 33 years experience in university teaching and research.

Collaborating Successfully with Host Institutions

Friday, October 7 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

The presentation will share strategies with a host institution that: 1) invite their input for what curriculum materials are needed to strengthen Kindergarten through Grade 12 student knowledge and skills as valued by the host country in: English/Literacy, Social Studies, Mathematics, Health and Hygiene, Nutrition and Safety; 2) share how to use low cost recycled and natural materials to create puppets that bring to life the concepts in the curriculum; 3) emphasize the importance of constructing puppet creations that celebrate creativity, and imagination as well as developing puppet skits that encourage cooperation and team work while strengthening vocabulary, oral expression and voice projection, and enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and critiquing skills.

Carol Sterling – Roundtable Discussion, Collaborating Successfully with Host Institutions (1096)

Ms. Carol Sterling

City University of New York, LP2

Presenter Bio

Carol Sterling has been a professional puppeteer, teaching artist, teacher trainer and arts educator for 50 years plus, as well as a Fulbright Program Specialist in Arts Education with a specialization in Educational Puppetry in Uganda (2012) and India (2015). Since her retirement in 2011 as Director of Arts Education for the Brooklyn Arts Council, she has conducted workshops for teachers, caregivers, librarians, parents, and youth throughout the United States and in 10 countries. Ms. Sterling has served in leadership positions as President of UNIMA-USA, the international organization of American puppeteers, as an Education Consultant for Puppeteers of America, Director of Education for American Council on the Arts, among others. She has authored curriculum guides and articles and is a consultant with the Jim Henson Foundation. She has a M.A. in Fine Arts and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and B.A. from Barnard College.

Blind Bliss, the Reality of Others and the Rise of Fascism

Friday, October 7 – 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM (General Session in Cabinet)

Presentation Abstract

By using a never-before publicly-displayed photo album from the League of German Girls during World War II, Dr. Nancy Bartley will illustrate her theory of Consensual Validation, how tightly knit subcultures are capable of othering behavior that is harmful not only to those on the outside of the group but to democratic societies. These groups, illustrated by the seemingly harmless young Nazi women are little different than those community members who gathered to lynch Blacks, or those who prepared a gallows for elected officials trying to certify the results of the U.S. elections on Jan. 6, 2021. Consensually validated groups follow a charismatic leader who encourages them to believe the unbelievable – a stolen election or the criminality of “”others.””

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Dr. Nancy Bartley

University of Washington

Presenter Bio

Dr. Nancy Bartley was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Bulgaria in 2012. She is the author of a nonfiction monograph, The Boy Who Shot the Sheriff, the Redemption of Herbert Niccolls, Jr. (UW Press, 2013). She has shares in two Pulitzer Prizes for team reporting during her tenure as a reporter for the Seattle Times and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards for scholarship and journalism. She is a 2022 doctoral graduate of the University of Washington, Department of English, specializing in cultural theory. Her research concerns consensual validation and otherness and how certain conditions cause groups to form that isolate others and promote the rise of fascism. Her research concerns totalitarian regimes from the Third Reich, to the former Soviet Bloc, to present-day political conflicts. Her theory stems from research she began as a Fulbrighter as she witnessed Bulgaria’s struggle for meaningful democracy.

Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation: A Fight We Need to Finish Now.

Friday, October 7 – 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM (General Session in Susquehanna & Severn)

Presentation Abstract

This session will show how communities can act to ensure that their residents have equitable access to water and sanitation for now and for the future. For years, governments have lacked vision on water. They have failed to prioritize water and sanitation, and failed to ensure that something so basic and necessary for life is safely, equitably, and affordably available for all. We have set the standard for what success looks like to achieve access to water and sanitation, have diagnosed the problem in many communities, and are working with those communities, governments, and service providers to meet the challenge. In the near future, communities can have the necessary legal foundation to achieve the most important goal the world has: universal access to water and sanitation.

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Ms. Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari

The Center for Water Security and Cooperation; University of Maryland Carey School of Law; American University Washington College of Law

Presenter Bio

Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari is the Executive Director and CoFounder of The Center for Water Security and Cooperation, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that law and practice guarantee water security and universal access to water and sanitation. Ms. Campbell-Ferrari also teaches Water Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and American University Washington College of Law

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Luke Wilson

Presenter Bio

Deputy Director and CoFounder of the Center for Water Security and Cooperation
Adjunct Professor of International Law, George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs

Project Treaty Justice: The Revolution of Conscience & Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Friday, October 7 – 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM (General Session in Congressional)

Presentation Abstract

We’re talking about a revolution – a revolution of conscience in the modern practice of law. The presenter, an international arbitration lawyer and Executive Director of The Global Pro Bono Bar Association, will introduce The Global Pro Bono Bar’s model of cross-border collaboration in Project Treaty Justice. This innovation in international investment law has brought legal professionals, academics and law students together from five continents to volunteer their time pro bono to advance mass claims against Russia in investor-State arbitration following the illegal invasion of Ukraine. Project Treaty Justice aims to increase the cost of illegal State aggression as a future deterrent in defense of the international rule of law and to seek remedies for those impacted by Russian measures.

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Mr. Rob Houston

The Global Pro Bono Bar Association

Presenter Bio

Rob Houston is the Executive Director of The Global Pro Bono Bar Association as well as an International Arbitration practitioner and Pro Bono Coordinator with a global law firm. His professional focus is on public international law and investment treaty arbitration, including the recent development of a draft model bilateral investment treaty incorporating business and human rights principles for the first time. Rob is also a leader in his firm’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, having coordinated a number of multi-jurisdictional pro bono projects involving dozens of collaborating law firms around the world. He holds the Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law in Washington, DC as well as the Master of Economic Law degree (Master II, Global Governance Studies) from Sciences Po Law School in Paris.

Is there a Blended Future for Fulbright? Consider COIL!

Friday, October 7 – 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM (General Session in Potomac & Patuxent)

Presentation Abstract

Advancements in digital technologies, along with lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, are creating unique opportunities to experiment and utilize digital collaboration tools to build deeper relationships with one another and meaningfully connect with the rest of the world. This includes creatively implementing virtual exchange (VE), including one of its most comprehensive forms, collaborative online international learning (COIL), to complement in-person intercultural exchange and global academic collaboration within teaching, learning, and research. The US-UK Fulbright Commission has put COIL at the heart of its newly launched Global Challenges Teaching Awards (GCTA). These awards are e designed to democratise global learning and promote relationship building between universities in the US and UK while supporting innovation and excellence in virtual exchange. This session will introduce the methodologies of VE/COIL, providing practical campus-level insights, and tell the story of the US-UK Fulbright’s pilot cohort of VE awardees.

Veronica Onorevole – General Session, Is there a Blended Future

Veronica Onorevole

American Council on Education

Presenter Bio

Veronica Onorevole is a leader in cultivating and managing international relationships for U.S. and foreign governments, foundations and industry partners, institutions of higher education, subject-matter experts, and international associations. At ACE, she is responsible for supporting emerging technologies and global learning innovation initiatives in U.S. and global higher education. Prior to joining ACE, Onorevole worked at the Institute of International Education overseeing administration of the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in the East Asia Pacific region.

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Maria Balinska

US-UK Fulbright Commission

Presenter Bio

Maria Balinska is the Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. Educated in the US and in Europe, she joined the BBC in London in 1991, where she worked until 2009 as a producer and then senior editor focusing on international affairs.
She returned to the US in 2009 on a Nieman fellowship at Harvard and subsequently founded Latitude News, an experiment in reporting America’s links with the rest of the world in new ways. In 2014, Maria joined as the editor-in chief of The Conversation US, a non-profit digital daily where the content is authored by academics and edited by journalists for the public. Maria is a strong supporter of the Fulbright mission of expanding international educational and cultural exchange and making it widely accessible.

John E. Fowler – General Session, Is there a Blended Future

John E. Fowler

Presenter Bio

John E. Fowler has 20+ years of experience in American, British, and German higher education working at the intersection of pedagogy, academic technology, and international education to widen access to educational opportunities for all students through faculty and institutional innovation. At the American Council on Education, he collaborates with institutions and organizations to develop technology-driven internationalization strategies, including helping lead ACE’s VE/COIL Transformation Labs which develop partnerships between the USA and countries around the world.

Why We Need to Teach Boxing to More Girls

Friday, October 7 – 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM (General Session in Judiciary)

Presentation Abstract

While Mary Kate was in South Africa, she launched Fight Like a Girl, a boxing and leadership development program for girls. Since then, our world has experienced an unprecedented time with record rates of girls leaving school, a rising mental health epidemic, and challenges to women’s rights around the world. Mary Kate discusses how teaching girls boxing is an unmatched tool to confront the challenges of our times. Further, she teaches on how the uniting power of sport can be used to build diplomacy and break barriers- and what you can do to get started right away.

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Ms. Mary Kate Vanecko

Accenture & Box United

Presenter Bio

Mary Kate Vanecko is a management consultant at Accenture. She also is the Executive Director of Box United, a nonprofit organization that uses boxing as a pathway for girls to unlock their full potential. After her Fulbright fellowship in South Africa, she launched Fight Like a Girl, a State Department funded program that brings the life-changing power of boxing to girls around the world.

Climate Change and the role of cities

Friday, October 7 – 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Climate change represents an unprecedented threat to our future. Climate change includes global warming driven by human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases and the resulting large-scale shifts in weather patterns. Though there have been previous periods of climatic change, since the mid-20th century humans have had an unprecedented impact on the planet.

Through sustainable urbanization carbon emissions can be reduced considerably. In spite of the challenges, cities and governments led by innovative leaders in planning for climate change have brought hope to saving the planet. Each city faces unique challenges, but all must address the shift from fossil fuels to new green energy technologies to meet critical zero emission goals.

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Dr. Aliye Celik

Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU)

Presenter Bio

Aliye P. Celik (Ph.D) has worked in the United Nations as the Chief of Economic and Social Council and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch, in DESA and earlier at the United Nations Program for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) as the Director of the New York office, and in Nairobi. She has B.Arch and M.Arch degrees from Middle East Technical University, a MFA in Architecture from Princeton University and a PhD from Istanbul Technical University. Celik is a Fulbright scholar and received a Special Citations (1997) (2009) and an Award for Excellence (1970) from the American Institute of Architects, among others. She is the Past President of Soroptimist International New York City and the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization which she founded. .Nowadays she is Chair of the Board of the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization. She has written extensively on sustainable urbanization, affordable housing, energy conservation and woman and human settlements.

Roundtable Discussion – From a Fulbright Research Scholar to an Activist: A Personal and Professional Narrative

Friday, October 7 – 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

As a Senior Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar in 2010, I had the great opportunity to study the impact of cross-cultural worldviews on suicide ideations at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, India. This presentation will focus on my experiences as a researcher- activist to establish the Association of Mental Health Counseling (India) on May 4, 2010, with the financial support of the USA Fulbright Commission in New Delhi.
A trajectory of my efforts moving beyond the Fulbright Research Project to practical activism in curbing the suicide rate in India will be described in detail. In addition, applications of the practical model of a scholar-activist will also be demonstrated. with major emphasis on “”Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).

Daya Singh Sandhu

Dr. Daya Sandhu

Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson St., Columbia, KY 42728

Presenter Bio

Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu is a three-time recipient of the Senior Fulbright Research Award. He is a Counselor Education and Supervision professor in the Doctoral Degree Program and the Director of Institutional Research at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. Dr. Sandhu has published 16 textbooks and more than 125 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu has received numerous awards such as the Alumnus of the Year Award, AMCD research award, and University of Louisville President’s Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. Most recently, Dr. Sandhu was honored with the “”Lifetime Achievement Award”” by the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu has also made more than 250 professional presentations at Kentucky Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, and several international associations in many other countries such as England, France, India, China, Thailand, etc

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Dr. Jeff Crane

Lindsey Wilson College

Presenter Bio

Jeff Crane is a counselor educator at Lindsey Wilson College, where he serves as the Dean of the School of Professional Counseling. Dr. Crane has a passion for preparing the next generation of professional counselors. Jeff serves on the board of the Kentucky Mental Health Counseling Association. He is married to Dr. Jodi Crane, the play therapist. They have two children, Meredith and Miles.

Media Literacy—We Know It’s Important, So What’s Stopping Its Spread?

Friday, October 7 – 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Much attention has been given to the relevance of teaching media literacy along with offering various levels of media literacy educational curricula. Its relevance and methodologies for teaching media literacy are well established. The presenter will analyze the various factors inhibiting broader acceptance and inclusion of media literacy education in America and other countries. Suggestions on a unified approach to promote media literacy education in America and abroad will be solicited and offered in discussion.

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Dr. Richard Vogel

Culver Stockton College

Presenter Bio

Dr. Richard Vogel, Assistant Professor in Communication and Media at Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO. Prior to his time at CSC, he was a consulting producer to an award winning news program and a writer, producer and director of a number of corporate videos as well as public service announcements. He teaches a range of media writing, production and theory courses and has advised a skit comedy show, directed sporting events, news and other programming. .
He has also taught media law and English composition courses in addition to 25 years of teaching public speaking. His primary research interests involve creating and disseminating media literacy curricula including critical thinking elements for ages K-12 and for universities.

Ukraine, From Hybrid Warfare to War and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Friday, October 7 – 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Hybrid warfare is a phenomenon that is more commonplace in contemporary times. Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Russia has used this method of warfare to asymmetrically exert influence in the country of Ukraine. In addition, there was a small-scale war in the Donbas with Russian-led separatists since 2014. In February 2022, Russia demonstrated the insufficiency of the hybrid war and decided to invade, thereby unsettling European security with its global implications. The panel explores the events of the last eight years in Ukraine, moving from the use of hybrid warfare to attempting a broad invasion of this country, and the implications for NATO.

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Dr. John Weaver

York College of Pennsylvania, United States

Presenter Bio

John Weaver is Associate Professor of Intelligence Analysis at York College of Pennsylvania. His research interests include intelligence analysis, cybersecurity, U.S. national security, the United Nations, and NATO.

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Tom Røseth

Norwegian Defence University College

Presenter Bio

Dr. Tom Røseth is Associate Professor of Intelligence Studies at the Norwegian Defence University College in Oslo Norway. His research interests include the war in Ukraine, intelligence relationships, Russian-China relations and the Arctic.

Strange Love: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Lizard Roommates

Friday, October 7 – 1:45 PM – 1:55 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

In this amusing survival epic, I recount my initial horror that my Kolkata flat contained free-roaming lizards, or teekteeki, as they are called in Bangla. I would have so preferred cockroaches or mice. At first I fought them, then sought tips from locals for ways to repel them, all of which turned out to be useless. My 8-year-old son, who is half Bengali and was back home in the US, was overjoyed that I got to live with lizards. With his input I built a humane trap, which also failed, but it helped keep us close during the longest period of our lives in which we’d been apart. In the end, I learned to communicate with the teekteeki and we agreed to a memorandum of understanding.

Jeffrey Stanley – Strange Love (1007)

Mr. Jeffrey Stanley

Presenter Bio

Jeffrey Stanley was a 2018-19 Fulbright-Nehru Research Scholar in India, and serves as a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador. He wrote the play Tesla’s Letters (Samuel French, 2000), a wartime drama set in the late 1990s Balkans which premiered Off Broadway to rave reviews in 1999, and which has been produced around the world. His essays have been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, et al, and he is a performance artist and filmmaker. Stanley was an inmate at Yaddo and a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College. He holds MFA and BFA degrees from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, and an adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch. He lives in Philadelphia.

UN Permanent Forum for People of African Descent

Friday, October 7 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (General Session in Diplomat)

Presentation Abstract

2015 Fulbright Scholar Justin Hansford has been elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve on the U.N. Permanent Forum on People of African Descent for the 2022-2025 term. This newly established forum is one of only two permanent forums established by The U.N. and will serve as a consultation mechanism for people of African descent and other interested stakeholders as a platform for improving the quality of life and livelihoods of people of African descent The new U.N. forum marks a historic moment for Black people around the world. Issues that Black people have been facing for hundreds of years are being recognized on the world stage. This session will explore how the forum can be useful in galvanizing civil society around the world.

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Mr. Justin Hansfors

Howard University School of Law

Presenter Bio

Justin Hansford is a Howard University School of Law Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. Professor Hansford was previously a Democracy Project Fellow at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and an Associate Professor of Law at Saint Louis University. He has a B.A. from Howard University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a founder of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. Professor Hansford also has earned a Fulbright Scholar award to study the legal career of Nelson Mandela, and served as a clerk for Judge Damon J. Keith on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

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Kayla Gardner

Howard University School of Law

Presenter Bio

Kayla Gardner (she/they) is a 3L at Howard University School of Law from Broward County, Florida. They graduated from the University of Miami in 2020, majoring in Business Marketing and minoring in Africans Studies and Strategic Communications. Their background stems from grassroots organizing, community outreach, civic engagement, and political advocacy on a state and federal level. Kayla heavily frames her work around topics rooted in Black feminism, and plans to do work in environmental law at the intersection of race and class. Last summer, she worked at the Environmental Law Institute as an Environmental Justice Law Clerk, and she is currently a student attorney in Howard University’s Movement Lawyering Clinic where she works on international human rights issues.

BRACE For Impact™: Wrapping Racial Equity in Belonging, Racial Access and Context

Friday, October 7 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (General Session in Susquehanna & Severn)

Presentation Abstract

Wicked problems are socially pervasive challenges that cannot be solved by a single answer— if there is an answer to them at all. Barriers experienced by minority businesses due to structural racism is one such problem. While President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity is certainly a laudable step in the right direction, ecosystem players at the state and local government levels may be struggling to find and implement evidence-based approaches to advancing and measuring racial equity in their policies, practices, and programming. In this interactive session, an evidence-based approach to creating racial equity in the practices, policies, and programs of inclusive entrepreneur support organizations (IESOs) will be shared.

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Dr. Latanya White, Ph.D, M.B.A.

Concept Creative Group

Presenter Bio

Dr. LaTanya White is an expert in belonging, racial equity, and entrepreneurship. As a result of her leadership, impact, and contributions to the Education and Business Administration sectors, Dr. White was recognized by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright Specialist. She leverages her research and expertise on Black entrepreneurship and the racial wealth gap to help entrepreneurs and the inclusive organizations that support them create racial equity in their policies, practices, and programming. Dr. White is a 2x author, TEDx Speaker, and Founder of Concept Creative Group, a professional and management development training firm focused on empowering Black entrepreneurs, their families, and their communities. Learn more about Dr. White’s solutions for equity in entrepreneurship at https://meetdrwhite.com/howtobraceforimpact.

Mapping Global Diversity

Friday, October 7 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (General Session in Judiciary)

Presentation Abstract

Diversity is everywhere: Humanities scholars value diversity; ecologists quantify and study diversity; the Fulbight program supports diversity; and politicians who lead entire counties often have an eye on diversifying local and national industries. Globalization has made the study of diversity all the more relevant. International collaborations and technological advancement will soon make it possible to create global maps of diversity for both natural and human-made environments. In this session, we review maps of global diversity. The session is also a call of participation and collaboration in developing a global map of urban diversity. Fulbrighters could play an important role in this effort due to their international background.

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Dan Baciu

TU Delft

Presenter Bio

Dan C. Baciu is Fulbright alumnus (PhD at Illinois Tech, Postdoc at UC Santa Barbara) and assistant professor of digital tools at TU Delft. His work unites traditional scientific methods and artificial intelligence to study human culture, creativity, and diversity.

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Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, MD MPH PhDc

University of South Florida

Presenter Bio

Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa is a medical doctor from Benin and a Fulbright alumna. She is research associate, instructor, and doctoral candidate in public health at University of South Florida and focuses on sexual, reproductive, and maternal health in the U.S. and Africa.

Our Babies, Our Futures: Community-Based Initial Education in Indigenous Oaxaca MX

Friday, October 7 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (General Session in Potomac & Patuxent)

Presentation Abstract

Since 2008, Plan Piloto-CMPIO, a coalition of 1100 Indigenous bilingual teachers in rural Oaxaca, along with their marginalized communities, have initiated creative programs to defend their rights to educate their babies (0-3 years old) in their own languages and according to their communal practices. This recent effort is part of their decades-long Pedagogical Movement to defend against governmental and colonial influences in order to protect the future of their identities and communities. The presenter has collaborated closely with the coalition since 1999 in all early childhood efforts, especially in bilingual teacher development and community-based curriculum construction. Several of these community-based bilingual Initial Education efforts will be featured and analyzed.

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Dr. Lois M. Meyer

University of New Mexico

Presenter Bio

Dr. Lois M. Meyer, Professor Emerita, Dept. of Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico, continues 23 years of intensive collaboration with Plan Piloto-CMPIO, a coalition of 1100 Indigenous bilingual teachers in rural Oaxaca MX. This collaboration, begun with a Fulbright Senior Researcher award in 1999-2000, has produced multiple published articles authored or co-authored with Oaxacan teacher colleagues and published internationally in both English and Spanish. The most recent article is now undergoing publication in Mexico. In addition to collaborative publications and multiple conference presentations, we have produced three co-edited books. The most recent, New World of Indigenous Resistance (City Lights: 2010), includes three interviews with Noam Chomsky conducted by Meyer & responses by Indigenous leaders and scholars across the hemisphere.

Dwelling in Possibility with The Belle of Amherst

Friday, October 7 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (General Session in Ambassador)

Presentation Abstract

In 2019, I was invited to Beirut to perform my one-woman show “The Belle of Amherst” (by William Luce, based on the life of Emily Dickinson.) In conjunction with my performances, I taught a series of workshops for women at the American University of Beirut. Drawing parallels between Dickinson’s life and challenges facing young women throughout the world today, I guided participants to practice what it means to take up a little more space in the world with their voices. Coincidentally, my visit coincided with the beginning of Lebanon’s What’sApp Revolution. While this forced changes to performance plans, it was a fascinating time to be in Lebanon exploring what it means to find one’s voice. I will perform an excerpt from the play and share my unique experiences in Beirut.

Kathleen Mulligan

Ms. Kathleen Mulligan

Ithaca College

Presenter Bio

Kathleen Mulligan is a professor of voice and speech in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Ithaca College. In 2010, she was a Fulbright Scholar to India with her project Finding Women’s Voices, focused on the empowerment of women through voice. In 2015, she and husband David Studwell partnered with Pakistan’s Theatre Wallay on “Voices of Partition”, creating an original play based on interviews with Partition survivors. In spring 2023, Mulligan will return to India as a Fulbright grantee to complete the project with stories from the other side of the border. She is a professional actor and a member of Actors’ Equity Association. In 2019, she was invited to American University of Beirut to perform her one-woman show “The Belle of Amherst”.

Challenges of Acculturative Stress of International Students: Implications for Counseling and Psychotherapy

Friday, October 7 – 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM (General Session in Cabinet)

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will focus on both the intrapersonal and interpersonal factors that contribute to the psychological distress or the acculturative stress of international students.
Sandhu & Asrabadi (1994) have empirically identified six principal factors, perceived discrimination, homesickness, perceived hate/rejection, fear, culture shock/stress due to change, and guilt that contribute significantly to the adjustment problems of foreign students. In this presentation, many counseling theories and strategies will be discussed to address the problems of acculturative stress and help students enhance their educational achievements.

Daya Singh Sandhu

Dr. Daya Sandhu

Lindsey Wilson College, 210 Lindsey Wilson St., Columbia, KY 42728

Presenter Bio

Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu is a three-time recipient of the Senior Fulbright Research Award. He is a Counselor Education and Supervision professor in the Doctoral Degree Program and the Director of Institutional Research at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. Dr. Sandhu has published 16 textbooks and more than 125 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu has received numerous awards such as the Alumnus of the Year Award, AMCD research award, and University of Louisville President’s Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. Most recently, Dr. Sandhu was honored with the “”Lifetime Achievement Award”” by the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Daya Singh Sandhu has also made more than 250 professional presentations at Kentucky Counseling Association, American Counseling Association, and several international associations in many other countries such as England, France, India, China, Thailand, etc

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Dr. Jeff Crane

Lindsey Wilson College

Presenter Bio

Jeff Crane is a counselor educator at Lindsey Wilson College, where he serves as the Dean of the School of Professional Counseling. Dr. Crane has a passion for preparing the next generation of professional counselors. Jeff serves on the board of the Kentucky Mental Health Counseling Association. He is married to Dr. Jodi Crane, the play therapist. They have two children, Meredith and Miles.

Always Room at the Table

Friday, October 7 – 2:00 PM – 2:10 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

This presentation is designed to tell the story of a small Fulbright Association Chapter taking on a very large service learning project to feed 500 individuals in the bayou region of Louisiana as a Hurricane Relief Project following the devastation of Hurricane Ida. The story includes examples of steps taken to plan for success, challenges, the power of loving our neighbors, the strength of Fulbrighters coming together to make a difference, and the resiliency of the human spirit.

Patrice Moulton

Dr. Patrice Moulton

Northwestern State University

Presenter Bio

Patrice Moulton serves as full professor of psychology at Northwestern State University in the Masters’ Program for Clinical Psychology. She lives in Natchitoches Louisiana with husband, Michael Moulton, a graduate professor in sports administration. Their son, Bryce, is a student at Tulane University. Dr. Moulton has worked as an educator, administrator, practitioner, supervisor and consultant for over 30 years. She is the author of multiple self-help and higher education textbooks.

Dr. Moulton served as a Fulbright Specialists to Nepal in 2017 and has continued her work in Nepal collaborating in higher education and advocating for human rights through teaching and volunteering as a board member for Empower Nepali Girls Organization, which provides educational opportunities to girls at high-risk. . Patrice loves traveling, adventure, trekking, advocacy, volunteering, and community involvement.

Fashion Advocacy: Support for Human Rights

Friday, October 7 – 2:15 PM – 2:25 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

For some people it is difficult to be resilient and to speak of discriminatory standards or laws for fear of being jailed or killed. Dress, accessories, tattoos can hold significance in one’s identity and values. Fashion, often considered superficial or minor, can offer up a formidable nonverbal voice for those disempowered. Can change happen? .
In this talk I will present how the universal fashion structure can form a sense of resilience and empathy for supporting human and civil rights and act as a form of advocacy.

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Ellen Anders

Pop Cultural Ass/American Cultural Assoc., In Pursuit of Luxury Assoc.

Presenter Bio

I, Ellen Anders, began my 38 year teaching career in the humanities. I extended my education in French Culture by taking a sabbatical in Paris, France at the Sorbonne. I further enriched my knowledge by accepting two Fulbright Teaching Exchanges. First exchange was in Canada,1980; most of the students were of Native American background. The second exchange was in Morocco,1998. It was during these exchanges that I recognized the importance of craft artistry as being of importance in boosting women’s and disempowered people’s civil rights.

Today, fashion studies is an academic discipline in many universities and fosters the history of human rights. I feel privileged to lecture and write about fashion advocacy.

Resilience – Fortitude in Foreign Language and Foul Mouths

Friday, October 7 – 2:30 PM – 2:40 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Learning a language the dirty way, we recall through moth style story telling just what it took to be comfortable and confident enough to understand Mandarin Chinese to confront students when swearing in class. From mistaking marijuana for “hitting mom” to not quite understanding why a cow’s vagina is considered cool, a first hand account of how I got a crash course 6-month experience in the vulgarity that every new international student wants to learn. Recalling how it lead me to small discoveries when returning back to Ohio State University and how it lets me chuckle when in the classroom now as an educator.

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Mr Raymond O’Donnell

Fairfax County Public Schools

Presenter Bio

Fulbright Hayes Chinese Language Immersion Program recipient and 3rd year ESOL educator. I explore and continue to learn about the world and it’s words through less traditional lenses; profanity and slang. I love endurance athletics and getting to know the heart of someone’s culture and language over a beer and the first thing I have to ask is, “how do you say the bad words in your L1?”

Teaching Around the World Including My Fulbright to Malaysia

Friday, October 7 – 2:45 PM – 2:55 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

A Fulbrighter’s responsibility is to model the best sides of U.S. academic and social culture. Teaching in Mexico, and then Malaysia, and finally in Australia over a one-year period provided me the opportunity to immerse myself and enjoy the similarities and differences between our cultures. I developed the resilience necessary to accept the challenges of getting over cultural hurtles. My Fulbright to Malaysia centered on designing and teaching a 4-day critical thinking and questioning methods workshop to English-speaking professors at 5 major universities in he country. They, in turn, returned to their campuses to teach my workshop to their colleagues. It was a challenge but it became more satisfying and rewarding over the 3 months as I developed a multicultural attitude.

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Dr. Bill Wilen

Kent State University

Presenter Bio

William Wilen is Professor Emeritus of Social Studies and Teacher Education at Kent State University in Ohio where he had taught in the areas of Curriculum & Instruction since 1970. He received his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to retirement in 2004, he held semester teaching positions as a Fulbright scholar in Horlivka, Ukraine (2003) and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1994), and as a faculty exchange professor at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece (2002). He has also been a visiting professor at universities in Geneva, Switzerland; Sydney, Australia; and Puebla, Mexico, and, most recently, at National Taichung University in Taiwan (2008). In addition to co-authoring Dynamics of Effective Secondary Teaching (6th edition, Allyn and Bacon, 2008), Dr. Wilen has authored and edited other books, chapters and articles.

From Adversity to Hope: How Music Reveals the Beauty of Life

Friday, October 7 – 3:00 PM – 3:10 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

I was 35, single, and juggling jobs to support my fledgling music education organization when I accepted a 2007 Fulbright Fellowship to study Venezuela’s national youth orchestra system, “El Sistema.” Armed with rusty Spanish and a checklist, I sought logistical insights from the organization’s success, unaware that the most transformative discoveries would come from children like Pedro, who had escaped an unstable home to find security, identity, and community within the orchestra. Amid poverty and crime, their stories of resilience – and my own harrowing incident – magnified for me the connection between music and the human condition. Today, the words of El Sistema’s founder still guide my work: “reveal to children the beauty of music and music will reveal to them the beauty of life.”

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Ms. Anne Fitzgibbon

Harmony Program

Presenter Bio

Anne Fitzgibbon is a social entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in arts education, nonprofit leadership, and city government. She founded the Harmony Program while working as a policy advisor in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2007 to study Venezuela’s renowned national youth orchestra system, “El Sistema,” and adapt tenets of its model to serve children in New York City. The Harmony Program has reached thousands of children to date and celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Anne holds a graduate degree in public affairs from Princeton University and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College. She studied clarinet at the Juilliard School through the Columbia/Barnard/Juilliard exchange program.

My Resilience Journey as a Fulbrighter

Friday, October 7 – 3:15 PM – 3:25 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

I was a reserved version of myself, with dreams but didn’t know where or how to start. Over the last two years, Fulbright experience has molded me into a courageous person who can stand up for what she believes in and tackle challenges with confidence. It enabled me to understand what it takes to embody the Fulbright spirit. I believed that Fulbright experience can change my life. And it did, positively, forever!
Now I am on a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged. Last year, I co-founded a nonprofit that assists Uyghur refugees and migrants to become more resilient and lift themselves up.
My Fulbright journey is about resilience, and how it helped me to make my dreams a reality.

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Rizwangul Nurmuhammad

Presenter Bio

Rizwangul NurMuhammd is a Uyghur kiwi from New Zealand and recipient of Fulbright New Zealand Award 2022.
She graduated from Cornell University with a Master of Public Administration in May 2022.
She is also a co-founder of Empower Communities Charitable Trust, a New Zealand-registered nonprofit organization that offers assistance to vulnerable and marginalized communities, particularly Uyghurs. She received 2022 Adams Leadership Award for her work on this nonprofit organization.

The Power of Personal History: Turning one’s life tragedies into triumph

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

This memoir is about a young man’s discovery of personal history, its inspirational power, and the price he has to pay to turn tragedies into opportunity for growth and triumph. It tells the history of Masachs, who must survive a civil war in the Republic of the Congo to arise, grow and attain a Fulbright Fellowship at Brandeis University.
My story, our story, tells a personal history that once understood and appreciated, creates an inward drive and a strong sense of purpose in one’s life. One’s personal power grows from a memory rooted in a past where the horrors or grief experienced must not be dejecting or go to waste but instead, must be used to develop the tenacity to create a better future that inspires others to do the same wherever they are.

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Dr. Masachs Boungou

Presenter Bio

Masachs Boungou is from the Republic of the Congo living in the U.S. Born to a mother who never finished high school but emphasized to him the inspirational power of personal history and education, he survived a civil war in 1999 and taught himself English as an adult. As a Fulbright scholar, he received a dual master’s degree from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management in 2016. From 2016-2018, he founded and ran the ”Nunga Program”, a social enterprise focusing on youth entrepreneurship, peacebuilding, and leadership in the Congo. In 2018, Masachs received the New Leaders Group Award from the Institute of International Education (IIE). He earned a Ph.D. in Global Studies in 2022 from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His thesis explores how immigrants who experienced genocide and/or civil war use these experiences to fuel their entrepreneurial drive and business creation. Masachs has recently published his memoir, The Power of Personal History.

Tejanos con Ganas

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Tejanos con Ganas is a project about migrant workers and the workplace values they passed down to their children. My family, like many Tejanos, have been in the southern part of the United States for multiple generations. This project explores the values attained by hard-working migrant workers who sacrificed so much for so little in return. They never gave up despite their age, the scorching temperatures, limited literacy skills, and no English language proficiency. Yet, they instilled in their families values such as hard work, commitment, and the importance of pursuing an education no matter the circumstances.

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Alicia Caballero

University of the Incarnate Word

Presenter Bio

Caballero is an MBA graduate student at the University of the Incarnate Word who will receive her degree this December. By day she is an Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at a public school in San Antonio, Texas.
Her love of learning never ends. Fulbright is an organization that provided her an opportunity in her local chapter to speak about a topic she felt very passionate about – theme parks – at the beginning of her graduate career.
Caballero hopes to help businesses seek innovative ways of improving their current systems for efficiency and productivity. In addition, she hopes to prepare future leaders while continuing her own professional growth.

Teachers in the Educational Overseas: Stress, Burnout, and Resilience

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

As expected, teaching abroad is a life changing experience for educators. There is no doubt that it will be a new experience and an eye-opening moment for them which can shape their future lives too. However, it can also be a challenge for them as they are in a place where the culture is totally different from their home countries. It got even worse when the Covid-19 pandemic occurred and affected many aspects. In this study, there were 15 teachers in educational overseas contexts who have been awarded Fulbright scholarships and taught in their host countries (both from US to other countries and from other countries to the US). By using semi-constructed interviews, they have shared their bittersweet experiences, from adaptation to stress, and burnout to resilience. However, this unique condition did not reduce the fundamental values of the exchange program itself which is still noteworthy for deepening mutual understanding between their homes and host countries.

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Robby Anggriawan

Illinois State University

Presenter Bio

Robby Anggriawan got his Fulbright Award in 2018 – 2020 at Illinois State University for Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Instruction. Currently, he is continuing his study for the doctoral degree at the same university. His research interests are STEM Education, Integrated Learning, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and international comparative education.

Force-Driven Weave Patterns for Shell Structures in Architectural Design.

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The use of lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) in the discipline of architecture opens new possibilities for the construction of architectural components. CFRP has been explored mainly in engineering fields, such as aeronautics, automotive, ballistic and marine engineering. CFRP has also been explored in the discipline of architecture in the construction of shell structures because of its high strength-to-weight ratio and low-cost. There is, however, limited research on how structural analysis can be used to inform weave patterns for shell structures using CFRP. This thesis addresses this gap by contributing a methodology for the creation of CFRP weave patterns from structural analysis and their validation through physical testing.

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Mr. Khaled Benaida

Presenter Bio

Khaled Amir Benaida, I am an award-winning Architect and Designer. I come from a progressive family passionate about arts and politics.
From 2016 to 2018, I produced research on shell structures at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA. The thesis is called force driven weave pattern for shell structures in architecture:design.
Since the covid-19 pandemic, I am working to refine my repertoire in Architecture and design through international design competitions. Since then, I have collaborated with famous Oscar-nominated movie directors in cinema (Djaffar Gacem), and on an interior design project under the leadership of Ahmed Rachedi. on the redesign of the president of Algeria’s presidential room. I am also a teacher assistant at the school of Architecture of Algiers EPAU.

Children’s Literature: Reuniting students, creating peace-building solutions in uncertain times.

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Children’s Literature provides students with opportunities to explore the world, literature, and cultural heritage. Dignity is conveyed by actions and Interactions. Interaction is how we teach our students to communicate with others in a friendly chat, discussion, or debate. In post-pandemic teachers need to incorporate peace language activities to raise awareness. My participation in the conference is to gain a deeper understanding of United States Senator William J. Fulbright’s philosophy to improve intercultural relations, cultural diplomacy, and intercultural competence. The conference will offer a message to participants on the value to raise awareness of global education and integrate peace language activities into lesson plans.

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Celia Maria Blandon

Palm Beach County School District and Florida International University

Presenter Bio

Ms. Celia Maria Blandón teaches at Gove Elementary, Palm Beach County schools district as a Dual Language Teacher in Belle Glade, Fl. She has taught Spanish, French as World Languages from Elementary to College levels. Ms. Blandon was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Seminar scholar to Peru in 2016. A scholarship recipient from The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, the Ministry of Education from Spain, and The French Ministry of National Education and FFLA Teacher Hall of Fame. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Northwestern State University of Louisiana, French studies at Université de la Sorbonne, Paris, France, and a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University.  She is the Spanish National Friendship Society sponsor, the Multicultural Club, and the Chess Club. She is currently a student at Florida International University.

The Evolution of a Purpose: Spain Public Diplomacy in the United States

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Since the introduction of the term public diplomacy (PD), PD literature has evolved and expanded in different directions, multiplying the research conducted on PD actors, programs, publics, networks, tools, and purposes. Focusing our discussion on the PD purpose, the potential mission-driven PD model called “The Golden Circle of Public Diplomacy” is used to analyze the WHY of Spain’s PD, analyzing the grand strategy purpose of the European country since the Franco dictatorship until the present day. This analysis comprises the evolution of Spain’s purpose throughout the following phases: the Franco dictatorship, the arrival of democracy (or Transition), and the beginning of the 21st century. An outlook into the future of Spain’s public diplomacy grand strategy is also included.

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Carla Cabrera Cuadrado

Universidad de Valencia

Presenter Bio

Carla Cabrera Cuadrado is an intercultural communication specialist with experience in non-profit organizations, private corporations, and public administration in three different continents. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication and Interculturality at the Universidad de Valencia, with a focus on Public Diplomacy. She graduated as a Fulbright scholar from American University School of International Service, where she completed her M.A. in Intercultural and International Communication with a concentration on Cultural and Public Diplomacy. She had previously studied a B.A. in International Business Management at Hochschule Bremen in Germany and a B.A. in International Business at Universidad de Valencia in Spain. She is also the first-elected and youngest President of SIETAR Europa (Society of Intercultural Education, Training and Research).

Migrants’ Rights At Stake: Border Externalization in the US and Spain

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

This poster proposal is the result of the research conducted by the present Fulbrighter. It aims to reflect on the migration policies of the US and Spain from a comparative perspective. Notably, it aims to analyze how the externalization of borders (the agreements reached with third countries to deter migration) impacts the rights of migrants and asylum seekers. To that aim, it will cover the state of the issue, the most concerning aspects, and questions that need to be solved. Finally, the poster will address how the research and the activities the presenter is engaged in might provide some answers.

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Jesús De La Torre Cañadilla

University of San Francisco

Presenter Bio

Originally from Spain, Jesús is pursuing a Master’s in Migration Studies at the University of San Francisco under a Fulbright Spain-Junta de Andalucía scholarship. He holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations (studied in Spain and Brazil) and a Master’s in European Union.
He has experience in research and advocacy for migrant rights, as well as in development and Central American affairs. His main focus is on the root causes of migration and the impact of border externalization policies on the rights of migrants and asylum seekers from a comparative perspective.
He believes that everyone has the right to migrate and thrive in the place they would like to stay.

The Gratitude Project: Visual and LIterary Arts

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The presenter, a professional artist, will describe her two year project interpreting, visually, the poems written by the United States’ Poets Laureate expressing what they were grateful for during the year of the pandemic. The poets are selected by the governors of each state to advocate for poetry. Many of their poems were published in The New York Times. The artist will describe what inspired her, and how she captured the spirit and geography in colors and images, Each 20″ x 16″ canvas has a hidden outline of the particular state. The paintings and poems will be portrayed side by side on a large screen. Some paintings will be on easels. Audience engagement will follow.

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Ms. Hilda Demsky

Manhattanville College, retired

Presenter Bio

Hilda Green Demsky has a BFA in Painting & Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Hunter College, NYC. Awards include a Fulbright to The Netherlands, National Endowment for the Arts, Italy, Some highlights are an invitational exhibition in Mykonos, Greece, presentations at Fulbright conferences in Hungary and Morocco, exhibition at the National Gallery of Costa Rica, Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, Andy Warhol Residency, Puffin Foundation, and Cill Riailiag, Ireland.

Comparative Education Reform: Japan and the USA

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will overview Japanese decennial education reform between 2002 & 2022 as well as compare American and Japanese approaches to education reform. Particular attention will be given to differences in centralized versus decentralized education reform efforts. The author will share the results of studies conducted as part of her 2008 Fulbright grant as well as post grant activity. Finally, some consideration will be given to special contemporary concerns such as Mental Health education reform and COVID inspired reforms.

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Dr. Cheryl Drout

State University of New York Fredonia

Presenter Bio

Cheryl Drout, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, SUNY Fredonia. 2008 Fulbright Scholar at Aichi University of Education in Kariya, Japan. Fulbright-Hayes faculty travel-study program in Japan 1995. Former Psychology Chair and Program Coordinator for Psychology Dual Diploma program with Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey. Recent accomplishments include completion of the Fredonia Cultural Competency Institute and being Fredonia’s first female faculty member promoted by SUNY to the rank of Distinguished Service Professor. I have conducted research and published articles with my students in the areas of attitudes toward victims of violence and comparative education reform. Former students work in numerous cultures in the fields of psychology and education, such as Japan, China, and Turkey.

Reverse Culture Shock – Unexpected Response to Return

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Astronauts are trained for reentry as the most complex part of any mission. The same applies to Grantees who may be caught off guard by their emotions and feelings of displacement upon returning home. Reverse Culture Shock is the “process of readjusting, re-acculturating and re-assimilating into one’s own home culture for a significant period of time” (Saw 2000). This presentation focuses on how to better prepare Grantees for the potential impact of Reverse Culture Shock on their roles, relationships, and readjustment.

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Dr. Kathie Erwin

Divine Mercy University

Presenter Bio

Dr Kathie Erwin is an Associate Professor in the Masters Counseling Program at Divine Mercy University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor and AMHCA Diplomate in Mental Health Counseling. Dr Erwin served as Fulbright Specialist to University of Iceland (2018). She is a Master Field Traumatologist and Board Member of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology who has served as Team Leader in Trinidad, India, Romania, and Ukraine. Author of seven professional counseling books, Group Work for Aging Adults, 2nd Edition (2013) generated international interest.

First Gen Students and the Fulbright Progam

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

This session will raise a discussion around the following questions: How can FPAs and faculty members encourage more First Gen students to apply for Fulbright scholarships? What are some of the challenges that First Gen students face when it comes to applying for a Fulbright? How can university faculty and staff help First Gen students meet those challenges in order to submit successful Fulbright applications?

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Eric Fretz

Regis University

Presenter Bio

Eric Fretz is professor and chair of the peace and justice studies department at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where he teaches classes on literature and social movements, community organizing, and the history of nonviolent social change (to name a few). He has published numerous essays about the American community organizing tradition, climate change and the humanities, American literature, and civic engagement. He also edited and contributed chapters to a book of essays, Climate Change Across the Curriculum (Lexington Books, 2015). In 2016 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Timisoara, Romania where he taught in the American Studies department at the University of the West.
He received his Ph.D. in English and American Studies from Michigan State University.

Routine Gestures: Examining Materiality Through Art and Teaching

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The presenter will highlight how their Fulbright experience continues to inspire their artistic and teaching practice. Weaving together experiential observations with hands-on making, the presenter will discuss how their Fulbright experience in Northern Norway enabled them to combine the ecology of the Anthropocene with natural dyeing to create a dye catalog of native and non-native plants that grow in the Arctic. The presenter will then discuss how that experience remains a strong influence on their teaching practice in South Texas and will present examples of student works.

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Timothy Gonchoroff

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Presenter Bio

Tim Gonchoroff is an interdisciplinary artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, TX. His artwork examines the ecologies of the Anthropocene through the lens of materiality. Many of his works combine fiber-based processes such as weaving, natural dyeing, spinning, and sewing with post-consumer materials such as vinyl banners, plastic bags, and many others to create installations, weavings, and other multimedia works. He received his BA in Art History from the College of William & Mary and his MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University. Tim was a Fulbright Grantee to Tromsø, Norway in 2015-16.

Prototype Your Life: Lessons from Testing an Entrepreneurship Mindset Program in Laos

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Prototype Your Life (PYL) uses digital comfort zone challenges and activities as a supplemental entrepreneurship training tool. The Rural Development Agency (RDA) of Laos uses their EmYouth program to empower rural community youth champions in wildlife conservation efforts. Through PYL, EmYouth cohort participants develop mindsets and skill sets to thrive as social innovators and influencers in the field of wildlife conservation regarding public health and illegal wildlife trade. In this study conducted in summer 2022, RDA EmYouth participants completed pre and post surveys for a 30-day PYL experience. The findings report the benefits of the program and provide insights for future testing. PYL is seeking other partners for testing in order to scale the impact of this program.

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Dr. Marcia J. Harr Bailey

University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Presenter Bio

Marcia J. Harr Bailey, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Wisconsin-Platteville. During her Fulbright U.S. Student grant period to Laos in 2009, she explored the service ethic of Laotian undergrad students. In 2011, she launched Poom Loom, a nonprofit project that connects Laotian college students to service opportunities as a means of grassroots development. Poom Loom connected UW-P students with partners in Laos in 2019. In 2021 she launched Prototype Your Life (PYL), which uses digital tools to help cohort participants develop entrepreneurship mindsets and skillsets needed to launch new projects and startups. PYL seeks to empower participants to innovate solutions to the problems in their communities. With plans to scale this program, she is currently seeking global partners.

The History and Impact of Women’s Catalysis

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Women’s Catalysis is a female empowerment project that has been developed since 2019. We have already carried out 6 editions in which we have empowered more than 1,000 Venezuelan and Peruvian women through training programs for migrant entrepreneurs in Peru and women living in Venezuela. The programs have been developed thanks to the joint work of 4 alumni from the US Department of State programs, Linda Lopez (IVLP), Silvia Bardales (SUSI), Jonathan Castro (YLAI and Eisenhower Fellowships) and Miguel Hernandez (Fulbright). The development of the Women’s Catalysis project is a great example of what can be achieved through the collaboration of graduates from the exchange programs of the US Department of State and funding from US diplomacy.

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Mr. Miguel Ashley Hernández Urbaneja

La Cuadra Universitaria

Presenter Bio

Fulbrighter, Journalist with Advanced Studies in Politics and Government. Specialist in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Business Learning Facilitator and Strategic Communication Advisor. I have a solid background in Gestalt Psychology and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). Co-Founder and Director of Lima Emprende (Peru) and La Cuadra Universitaria (Venezuela). Graduated from the ProExcellence Program of the Venezuelan American Friendship Association (AVAA). Advisor to several recognized companies in Latin America and Mentor of multiple Latin American ventures. I have won various personal, academic and professional recognitions. My passion is guiding entrepreneurs to achieve business success. I am currently doing a master’s degree in Digital Media Strategies at Georgia State University, and I am one of the directors of “Women’s Catalysis”, a project aimed at empowering women.

Philippines Educational Institutions: Window into Identity and Culture

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The way we look at or prescribe meaning to places is not always historical. In fact, places and sites connect to experiences. This presentation will take participants through an experiential journey of the Philippines. Participants will gain a sense of Philippines identity and culture, discover meaning through traditions and values, engage in dialogue, and walk away with both educational and cultural resources.

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Dr. Monica Lakhwani

Jefferson County Public School

Presenter Bio

Dr. Monica Lakhwani is the Multicultural Specialist for Diversity, Equity, and Poverty with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). She is responsible for facilitating cultural competency trainings for district and community organizations. Additionally she serves as a Humanities/ESL adjunct in the Louisville Metropolitan Area, leads the districts LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee, and continues to participate with World Affairs Council in hosting international dinners and homestays.

Dr. Lakhwani is a Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) trainer and facilitates Diversity/Justice cohorts each year empowering positive change. She received her doctorate from Spalding University in Educational Leadership focusing on cross-cultural studies. Her interests lie in socio-cultural norms, refugee resettlement, and diverse learners. In her spare time, she loves to read and travel; and is a mother, daughter, and spouse.

International Collaboration: Creating With the Community – Not Just In or Around It

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The Winter/Summer Institute (WSI), an international applied theatre project, grew out the work of a Fulbrighter to National University of Lesotho, southern Africa. The genesis was a response to the devastating and complex HIV/AIDS pandemic and the idea that theatre, created collaboratively, could have some kind of impact. The ongoing viability of WSI is based on resisting a prescriptive approach to what might constitute change or what, specifically, to change. Instead, the main effort has been to encourage dialogue and to collaborate with communities to discover areas of concern or interest that would be served by creating theatre together. The presenter looks at all sides of WSI’s process – the insights, experiments, mistakes, successes, and the lessons learned.

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Katt Lissard

The Winter/Summer Institute in Applied Theatre // City University of New York – Borough of Manhattan Community College

Presenter Bio

Katt Lissard is the artistic director of The Winter/Summer Institute (WSI), an international HIV/AIDS & Theatre for Social Change project based in New York and Lesotho, southern Africa (wsimaketheatre.org). A teacher, writer and activist , she spent two years in the Theatre Unit at the National University of Lesotho as a Fulbright Scholar (2005, 2012), where she taught, directed, and produced shows – WSI grew out of her early work there. The most recent publication of her work is the first chapter in ILA’s A Grassroots Leadership and Arts for Social Change Primer (July 2022). A longtime faculty member of the Graduate Institute at Goddard College, Katt currently teaches in the Department of Ethnic and Race Studies at City University’s BMCC in New York.

An Additive World in a Digital Era

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Although considered a new technology, Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been deployed by nature for millennia, and art in the style of Da Vinci or Rembrandt also followed an additive fashion. However, by currently disrupting the 12 trillion Manufacturing Industry, and ongoing digitalization and democratization phases, AM is changing the way we produce: from shoes and mascara brushes to spaceships and human organs. Hence, by converging with exponential technologies like AI, Quantum Computing, and Biotech, AM will propel the world to the 4th Industrial revolution. In this session, the presenter will discuss how AM is enabling the transition towards a more efficient supply chain, shortening product development times, fostering innovation, and leveraging economies in a more sustainable manner.

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Mr. Hugo Mendieta

EOS GmbH

Presenter Bio

My name is Hugo Mendieta, Fulbright Alumnus from Nicaragua with a MSc. In Industrial and Systems Engineering and concentrations in Sustainability and Additive Manufacturing. For the last 4.5 years I have worked in the 3D Printing Industry for EOS GmbH, world leader in Industrial 3D printing, in roles that encompassed design, R & D, project management and a bit of sales, taking care of customers in Europe, Asia, Middle East and just starting in South America. Engineer by profession but artist at heart, I live in Munich, Germany, and besides tasty healthy food, I love painting, making music, writing, playing sports (soccer & gym) and traveling. My purpose is to improve the life quality of people with sustainable technologies and to inspire through art.

Evaluating the Fulbright Specialist Program: Strengthening International Collaboration through Short-Term Exchange

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

This poster provides an overview of a 2021 impact study of the Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), which offers short-term exchanges for faculty and administrators to share knowledge, build capacity and develop collaborations at a range of institutions around the world. This study evaluated how the FSP has impacted the lives of U.S. alumni, who are established faculty and professionals from across the United States, and impact on host institutions/alumni employers in the three years following their Fulbright.

Amirah Nelson – Poster Presentation, Evaluating the Fulbright Specialist (1180)

Amirah Nelson

World Learning

Presenter Bio

Amirah Nelson serves as the Senior Outreach Officer for the Fulbright Specialist Program, and has over a decade of experience administering U.S. Government-funded exchanges. She previously also served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Indonesia and as a consultant for the Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education on its initiatives to address teacher shortages in Indonesia’s remote and disadvantaged regions.

Portuguese Residential Care For Children

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Restriction of living environment refers to limits, rules, and structures in place in an out-of-home residential placement for children/youth. This article describes the process of revising a measure of out-of-home living restrictiveness to be culturally congruent for Portugal, providing preliminary data on validity and reliability, and discusses the feasibility of using this measure in Portugal. The preliminary findings suggest that measuring the restriction of living environment could provide a concise youth-informed perspective of living environment not currently being obtained in Portugal.

Mary Rauktis – Poster Presentation, Portuguese Residential Care For Children (1071)

Mary Rauktis

University of Pittsburgh

Presenter Bio

Mary E Rauktis is a social work professor at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a 2017 Fulbright Scholar to Portugal, University of Porto

Poster Presentation – The Impact of Supply Chain Disruptions on Contraceptive Security in Zambia

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

Supply chains have become a topical issue since the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the vulnerabilities in our supply systems. Disruptions to contraceptive supplies are particularly harmful, potentially leading to unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions. In Zambia, recent breakdowns led to the distribution of faulty condoms and nationwide stockouts. In this session, the presenter will discuss the supply chain challenges that threaten contraceptive security in Zambia. Some mechanisms of dysfunction the presenter will highlight include transportation challenges, a lack of local manufacturing, unreliable data, inadequate funding, ad hoc donor support, and the Covid-19 pandemic. The presenter will discuss the importance of sustainable supply chains as a means of health system resilience.

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Ms. Clara Rice

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Presenter Bio

Clara Rice is a recent Fulbright alumni and young professional entering the field of global health and development. After completing her undergraduate education in Health Care Policy at Cornell University, she was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to Zambia. Clara was based in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, where she conducted a research project on disruptions in contraceptive supply chains. She decided to apply for a Fulbright to Zambia after participating in a study abroad program in Lusaka during college. In the future, Clara hopes to pursue masters and doctoral degrees focusing on the current structures of and presence of neocolonialism in global health aid and international development.

Research at the border: Language and Identity along the Uruguay-Brazil Border and the U.S.-Mexico Border

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

This presentation examines linguistic practices and attitudes toward Portuñol (from the words portugués and español) along the Uruguayan-Brazilian border. I compare this with Spanglish in the US, analyzing linguistic ideologies that affect minoritized languages and communities in different parts of the world. Portuñol is similar to Spanglish in the US, where Spanish and English have coexisted for centuries. Both have been studied as contact languages that have met with various degrees of historical stigmatization. This poster presents data collected in Uruguay and the US. The results shed light on the correspondence between linguistic attitudes and behaviors and the conflict that may result when there is a power differential among different speakers of the community.

Ana Sanchez – Munoz – Poster Presentation, Research at the border

Dr. Ana Sanchez-Munoz

California State University Northridge

Presenter Bio

Dr. Ana Sánchez-Muñoz is Professor in the Department of Chicana/o Studies and in the Department of Linguistics/TESL at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Dr. Sánchez-Muñoz holds a B.A. in Philology (University of Salamanca, Spain), a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Linguistics (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California) and a second Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain). Her research interests include heritage and minority languages, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and situations of language contact. In particular, she has published extensively on Spanish as a U.S. heritage language. Her research examines how Spanish is used and maintained by heritage speakers in the U.S. Dr. Sánchez-Muñoz has received several academic awards, including a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award to Uruguay in 2021.

Multicultural Social Groups and Conviviality in Puglia: Enhancing Intercultural Understanding and Belonging

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The presentation addresses research on informal groups as settings for interaction among expatriates and local residents in Salento. It discusses the groups’ missions, organization, and demographics. Salento has become a popular relocation site for incomers from the United States, Britain, Northern Europe and elsewhere. Data suggest that experiences within informal groups enhance intercultural understanding, lead to cross-cultural friendships, and deepen a sense of belonging. This ongoing project launched in 2016 with the support of a Fulbright-Fondazione CON IL SUD Award. It contributes to theorizing on conviviality and seeks to generate new knowledge useful to regional development.

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Dr. Anne Schiller

George Mason University

Presenter Bio

Anne Schiller is Professor of Anthropology and Fulbright Faculty Liaison at George Mason University. Her research interests are identity, social groups and movements, and religion. She has conducted fieldwork in Italy and in Indonesia, including with the support of Fulbright. Her two most recent books are Merchants in the City of Art: Work, Identities and Change in a Florentine Neighborhood (Toronto, 2016) and Commercianti a Firenze (Carocci editore, 2016). Her scholarly publications and contributions to knowledge regarding Florence’s historic center were recognized with the 2018 Sopravissuti del San Lorenzo Association Award. In 2016, she was Fulbright-Fondazione CON IL SUD Visiting Professor at the Università del Salento, Puglia. She currently conducts field research based in Lecce and Brindisi.

The Impact of Neocolonialism on India’s COVID-19 Response

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

In this poster presentation, the presenters analyze the impact of COVID-19 in India and the nation’s shortcomings in responding appropriately to the pandemic. We discuss how international vaccine inequities, rooted in neocolonialism, and the WHO’s broad recommendation of Global North pandemic responses (i.e., lockdowns, nonspecific social distancing) blunted the effectiveness of India’s COVID-19 response and instead heightened classism, economic turmoil, and unnecessary infection and death from the virus.
This work was adapted from a paper our group recently published in the Annals of Global Health:
Shah, D.M., Kulkarni, M. and Mathur, P., 2022. The Impact of Neocolonialism on India’s COVID-19 Response. Annals of Global Health, 88(1), p.33. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/aogh.3587

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Dhruv Shah

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Presenter Bio

After teaching in India through a Fulbright fellowship (2020-21) and participating in the University of Maryland, Baltimore Global Health Summit (2021), Dhruv Shah knew he needed to do something to help the COVID-19 humanitarian crisis in India. Shah, a University of Maryland School of Medicine student from the class of 2024, not only raised $4,000 to pay off COVID-related medical bills for his former students, but also secured $4.5 million worth of medical supplies and equipment from the University of Maryland Medical System. Shah has a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Connecticut. He is interested in intersections between writing, education, and community health and aspires to be an ophthalmologist and a teaching professor.

Creating Giant Puppets that Spotlight a Host Country’s Historical Personalities

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

While serving as a Fulbright Program Specialist in Uganda (2012) and India (2015), I trained educators and artists in how to create 12′ Giant Puppets of Historical Personalities in their respective countries. This project reinforced the importance of staying informed of local events and connecting the Fulbright program to national celebrations. It also provided recognition to the student creators while increasing public awareness about the historical figures who were greatly admired in each country. The project attracted positive attention in the media. It is shared on the Fulbright website as a story. http://www.fulbright.org/2021/06/07/global-education-creating-and-performing-with-12-giant-puppets-of-historical-personalities-in-two-countries-carol-sterling-uganda-2012-and-India-2015/

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Carol Sterling

City University of New York (C.U.N.Y.); LP 2

Presenter Bio

Carol Sterling has been a professional puppeteer, teaching artist, teacher trainer and arts educator for 50 years plus, as well as a Fulbright Program Specialist in Arts Education with a specialization in Educational Puppetry in Uganda (2012) and India (2015). Since her retirement in 2011 as Director of Arts Education for the Brooklyn Arts Council, she has conducted workshops for teachers, caregivers, librarians, parents, and youth throughout the United States and in 10 countries. Ms. Sterling has served in leadership positions as President of UNIMA-USA, the international organization of American puppeteers, as an Education Consultant for Puppeteers of America, Director of Education for American Council on the Arts, among others. She has authored curriculum guides and articles and is a consultant with the Jim Henson Foundation. She has a M.A. in Fine Arts and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and B.A. from Barnard College.

Caring Approach to Communication

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 10:50 AM (Poster Presentation in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

My research explores Caring Theory (Noddings, 1984). The article creates a model of a communicator genuinely caring for their audience. Applying Caring Theory to communication, my research is focused on different needs of the audience and analyzes a communication process from different levels of the involvement in the caring process.

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Ms. Victoria Sudakova

Presenter Bio

I am a Fulbright alumnus, graduated with Master of Science Degree in 2018. During my study, I became very passionate about effective communication in the nonprofit sector. I defended my thesis and went back to Russia to practice my communication skills and overcome challenges along the way.

Hearing Histories: Dhora Leka’s Improvisus for Cello as Lament for the Victims of Albania’s Hoxha Regime

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Can music address the silence of victims of violence and the muteness of the traumatized, and, if so, how can we hear Albanian composer and former political prisoner Dhora Leka’s Improvisus for solo cello in relationship to issues of justice after her 1992 release from thirty-six years of imprisonment in her country’s prisons and labor camps? Commissioned by the artist defense fund AIDA in 1997, this short work is a haunting lamentation, which was premiered in Hamburg in 2000. Although Leka was rehabilitated and awarded the People’s Artist of the Albanian Order of Merit, she never received compensation for the many hardships she suffered when her works were destroyed and she was forbidden to compose. Examining the tension between legal and literary justice, my presentation explores how Leka’s work seeks reconciliation for the historical trauma of Hoxha’s rule, becoming a site for collective remembrance and personal redemption for the suffering she—and so many others—endured under the regime.

Gwyneth Bravo – Partisan, Prisoner, and Pentioner

Dr. Gwyneth Bravo

New York University Abu Dhabi & New York University (New York- Steinhardt)

Presenter Bio

Dr. Gwyneth Bravo

New York University Abu Dhabi & New York University (New York- Steinhardt) – Assistant Professor of Music (NYU Abu Dhabi) Global Network Assistant Professor of Music (NYU Steinhardt)

Gwyneth Bravo is an Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi and a Global Network Assistant Professor at NYU Steinhardt. A musicologist and cellist, Bravo holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her research examines the relationship between music, politics, and philosophy in twentieth and twenty-first-century European and global contexts, with a focus on nationalism, exile, conflict, and gender studies. A Fulbright scholar to Germany, Bravo worked with the research group Exile Music at the University of Hamburg, publishing in Lebenswege von Musikerinnen im Dritten Reich und im Exil-a volume examining the impact of National Socialism, forced migration, and exile on European, women musicians during the period 1933-1945. She is the co-author of “Mortal Encounters, Immortal Rendezvous: Literary-Musical Counterpoints between Erwin Schulhoff’s Flammen and Karel Josef Beneš’s Don Juan,” which was published in the 2022 edited book New Paths in Opera: Martinů, Burian, Hába, Schulhoff, Ullmann (Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag); https://www.hollitzer.at/buch/new-paths-in-opera

Strategies to Promote Fulbright Opportunities for Community College Faculty and Leaders

Saturday, October 8 – 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

This roundtable will discuss strategies to increase Community College Faculty and Leaders’ engagement with the Fulbright program. As part of the inaugural 2021 Fulbright in the Classroom initiative, there was a focus on Community Colleges and other educational partners who could expand the reach of the Fulbright. Participants will be able to share their promising professional development practices in encouraging community college faculty and other leaders to pursue opportunities for academic collaborations, professional development, and international education through the Fulbright program. We will also discuss how programs such as the International Education Administrators seminars are aligned with The American Association of Community Colleges’ Competencies for Community College Leaders.

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Vincent Briley

Montgomery College

Presenter Bio

Vincent L. Briley is a Lecturer and 1-on-1 Coach for the Achieving The Promise Academy (ATPA) at Montgomery College. Vincent served as an administrator and instructor at colleges in Iowa and Ohio before relocating to Maryland in August 2021. He is a proud graduate of Ohio University and the Ohio State University and is a doctoral candidate at Kansas State University. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Community College Faculty hosted at Jackson State University and was awarded a J. William Fulbright scholarship to research higher education in Germany. Vincent is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Vincent continues to encourage and support others along their life-long learning journey.

Sustainability of Internationalization in Higher Education

Saturday, October 8 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

The “Sustainability of Internationalization in Higher Education” is a multibillion-dollar industry that is continuing to go through an evolution. Enrollment, on average, is steadily declining and international exchanges of students is under increased pressure in both the EU and US.
This Round Table Discussion will present theory and data in exploring the root causes of this decline in exchange programs. Your presenter, having three Fulbright Finland awards from 2017, 2019 and 2021 has conducted extensive research as to why both the EU and US are having declining enrolment in exchange programs.
The presenter will share a new model in education that will help to identify root causes and as well as a road to sustainability in this needed academic partnership between the EU and US.

John Donnellan – Roundtable Discussion, Sustainability of Internationalization in Higher Education (1083)

Dr. John Donnellan

New Jersey City University

Presenter Bio

Dr. John Donnellan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Management Department at NJCU School of Business, Jersey City, NJ USA. He is a three-time Fulbright Fellow scholar conducting research on cooperative education and internationalization of curriculum between Finland and USA. He is an international professor lecturing in China, England, France and Finland. Includes lecturing Cambridge and Oxford UK Universities as well as Columbia University NYC. Donnellan’s background includes executive management on Wall Street at JPMorgan and Prudential Financial. His latest research is developing the ARC model in higher education was heard on NPR Academic Minute. He also recently published a paper on “Sustainability of Internationalization in Higher Education”.

A gestalt approach to North American Indigenous issues

Saturday, October 8 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Indigenous concerns are not isolated issues that stop at the U.S./Mexico border. Toward this end, the Universidad Autonoma Indigenous de Sinaloa requested the assistance of a Fulbright Specialist with expertise with North American Indians. The Mexican Indian university serves not only the local Indigenous Yoreme Mayo tribes but attracts Indian peoples from all over Mexico, including Maya, Apache, Yaqui, and Pueblo tribal groups. The main request for assistance was for methods for preserving the linguistic and cultural ways of these groups as well as documenting their historical and contemporary interactions. The team also addressed major obstacles facing tribal communities residing within Sinaloa including its dominant drug cartels.

Larry French – Roundtable Discussion, A gestalt approach (1075)

Laurence French

Affiliate Professor, College of Liberal Arts, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Presenter Bio

Former enlisted USMC veteran who attended college via the GI-Bill leading to a BA, MA & Ph.D. in Sociology; a MA in School Psychology; and a Ph.D. in Cultural Psychology. I was a Fulbright Scholar, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2009-2010); Fulbright Specialist, Minister of Interior, Republic Srpska, Bosnia (2016); and Fulbright Specialist, Universidad Autonomous Indigenous de Sinaloa, Mexico (2019)

Deference or Distrust? Recognizing Foreign Commercial Arbitration Awards Against Due Process Concerns

Saturday, October 8 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

The presenter will discuss the theory and practice of recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards when parties raise due process concerns under the 1958 New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.
This convention was put in place to promote efficacy of arbitration and global trade relations. Under it, successful parties can seek the support of state courts in jurisdictions where losing parties have assets.
In response, losing parties can resist enforcement of awards by raising certain arguments, including, that they were never afforded the opportunity to present their case.
The presenter will build her case using empirical data (case law), to discuss if and how courts adjudicate these claims — employing deference or distrust.

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Ana Coimbra Trigo

Nova School of Law, Nova Univ. Lisbon

Presenter Bio

Ana is a PhD candidate in Law at Nova School of Law, in Lisbon. She is also a Portuguese qualified lawyer with over seven years of experience in international arbitration and litigation at a leading law firm.
Ana’s research interests include international arbitration, private international law, and international commercial law. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study the application of the New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards by US courts at Columbia University for the fall of 2022.
Ana gives back to her community by acting as coach for her faculty’s Vis Moot student team, as deputy director of the Portuguese International Arbitration and Conciliation Review, and as global co-director for events at Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

Children Love to Read Their Own Stories and Books

Saturday, October 8 – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

When I co-created a child care center during my Fulbright in South Africa (2007-2008), the young children created biographies, and I posted them together. These became symbols of their community. Later, they took photographs and told me about them. These became books in the classroom. Since returning to the U.S., I have used both of these practices with children at a Title I School. I learned how children’s biographies and books brought them together, created a learning community, and linked families to children’s experiences at school. I will share several books and show how children’s books changed over time. Children loved to read each other’s books. No one had to force them to practice reading when what they read was meaningful to them.

Darlene DeMarie – Roundtable Discussion, Children Love To Read their Own Stories and Books (1168)

Dr. Darlene Demarie

Unviersity of South Florida

Presenter Bio

Darlene DeMarie, Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology & the Fulbright Faculty Advisor for the University of South Florida. She was a Fulbright Scholar Awardee twice: in South Africa (2007-2009) and in Hungary (2019-2020).

Roundtable Discussion – Whose Story?: Anti-Racist Writing Strategies for Mentoring Student Fulbright Personal Statements

Saturday, October 8 – 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

New anti-racist approaches to writing instruction (Chavez, 2020; Salesses, 2021) highlight the need for mentors of student writers to reconsider many of our most foundational assumptions the development and impact of personal narratives. For instance, the personal essay—including Fulbright personal statements—is deeply rhetorical, requiring writers to position themselves, implicitly or otherwise, with respect to normative assumptions about how we come to know ourselves, form intellectual agendas, etc. Based on recent nation-wide innovations, this presentation outlines the stakes of anti-racist writing, shares prompts and guidance to avoid implicit bias, and offers mentors concrete advice for providing thoughtful, equity-based coaching for student Fulbright applicants and their stories.

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Dr. Susan Meyers

Seattle University

Presenter Bio

Susan V. Meyers is an international leader in writing studies, having offered keynote addresses at conferences and workshops in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and she currently directs the writing program at Seattle University. Her creative work has been supported by grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, and Squaw Valley, as well as several national artist residency centers, and has been nominated for The Best American Series and several Pushcart Prizes. Her novel, Failing the Trapeze, won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel, and her field study on education in rural Mexico, Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration Across the U.S.-Mexico Border, was supported by grants from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Association of University Women.

International Exchange Programs in a Time of Pandemic and War

Saturday, October 8 – 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

International student and scholarly exchange programs are always affected by surrounding events. The current situation, with an ongoing war and a pandemic, has had profound effects on both the Fulbright program and on other exchange programs, such as DAAD. These effects will be discussed in a historical context, both for eastern Europe and the Balkans. For the Balkans, this is the second time since 1990 that war has affected these programs. The participants have deep connections with scholarly exchange programs; their discussions will concentrate on eastern Europe and the Balkans.

Manfred Philipp

Dr. Manfred Philipp

City University of New York

Presenter Bio

Manfred Philipp was President of the Board of the Fulbright Association in 2018, until he resigned in December of that year. He is former Executive Director of the CUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences and a former Trustee of the City University of New York (CUNY). He was chair of CUNY’s University Faculty Senate in 2006-2010 and President of the German Academic Exchange Service Alumni Association of the US in 2013-2014.

Dr. Philipp is Professor Emeritus and past department chair of chemistry at Lehman College in New York and Professor Emeritus in the Biochemistry and Chemistry Doctoral Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. As a Fulbright scholar in 2005, Dr. Philipp taught bioinformatics and biopharmaceutics at the Catholic University of Portugal. As a Fulbright scholar in 2012-2013, he did research on multidrug resistant bacteria at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Dr. Philipp received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University. Dr. Philipp has been Program Director for the National Institutes of Health-supported, research-based student support programs Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS), Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), and the High School Summer Research Apprentice Program. He was co-Program Director of the NIH-supported Bridges to the Baccalaureate at Bronx Community College and Lehman College. He has also served as national president of the MBRS/MARC Program Directors Organization.

His scientific research concentrates on protein modeling and enzyme inhibition, with emphasis on enzyme inhibitors of potential pharmaceutical value.

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Mary Ellen Schmider

Presenter Bio

Mary Ellen Heian Schmider has spent much of the last decade serving the Fulbright Association. In 2012, and again in 2016, she became Executive Director, offering her services in the interim as the search committees worked to find permanent leadership for the national office. In 2019, she served as President of the Board of Directors. Additionally, most of the other years she served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. She led the conference in London in 2012: “Fulbrighters Minding the Gaps and Bridging Them.” In 2016, the 70th Anniversary of the Fulbright Program was celebrated with a serious look at the Challenges Ahead at the largest national conference to date. She partnered with Cultural Heritage without Borders to plan the first three Service Corps Travel opportunities in the Balkans; engaged with the International Fulbright Commission leadership in the development of Advocacy as a major initiative of the association; and in the last three J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding events, she has overseen the work of the International Selection Committees. Her background in academic administration and teaching led to emerita status as Graduate Dean and Research Officer at the Minnesota State University Moorhead. Currently, she teaches online as an Adjunct Full Professor in American History and Women’s Studies for the University of Maryland University College. Board service beyond Fulbright included nearly fourteen years on the Fortune 300 Thrivent Financial and its predecessor bodies, eight as an officer of the Board for Higher Education and Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and two as chairperson of the Minnesota Humanities Commission. She has held two Senior Fulbright Lecturer Awards: People’s Republic of China, 1997, and the Republic of Macedonia, 2005-2006.

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Małgorzata Bonikowska

Presenter Bio

Małgorzata Monika Bonikowska is a Polish political scientist, academic teacher and government advisor. Specialist in international relations (especially of the European Union and EU Member States).

Since May 2013, President of the Centre for International Relations – the oldest Polish independent think tank specializing in foreign policy. She lectures at the European Centre of the University of Warsaw, at the Vistula University of Finance and Business and at the Korczak University. She is the co-founder and president of the THINKTANK Centre for Dialogue and Analysis. She was a member of the programme board of the Lech Wałęsa Institute. In the years 1996-1997 she was a scholarship holder of the Polish-American Fulbright Commission at Columbia University.

Women Leadership in Business Schools

Saturday, October 8 – 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

There is an underrepresentation of female senior leadership in business school; only 27.5% (AACSB, 2020) of business school deans. The purpose of this qualitative phenomenological research was to understand female career advancement at business schools by examining the perception of HR leaders in terms of their roles, authority, and responsibility in supporting women in their career progress. The research question was: How do HR professionals at business schools describe their experience in supporting female career advancement at their organization? Four HR leaders from a variety of business schools were interviewed. The research showed that a lack of support from business schools impedes women’s ability to handle all work situations as well as become effective leaders.

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Panarat Rohleder

Washington Adventist University

Presenter Bio

Dr. Panarat Rohleder received a postgraduate diploma in Organizational Leadership, University of Oxford. She earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership (academic distinction- 4.00 GPA) from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a member of Bouchet Honor Society. She has an MBA in Organizational Development and MS in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, she received an M. Ed in Educational Psychology from Khon Kaen University. Currently, Dr. Rohleder is a member of the board of directors, national capital area, Fulbright Association, and an adjunct MBA faculty at Washington Adventist University. Additionally, she is the founder and president at Role Models Foundation Worldwide and a committee member for Oxford Business Alumni Network, Washington chapter. Her research focuses on business schools including senior women in leadership positions.

Maximizing Fulbright and International Learning in the Time of COVID

Saturday, October 8 – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

At our university, we have continued to pursue international travel as soon as it was deemed safe by the U.S. CDC, applying mitigation strategies to help protect our participants. Our international students have not decreased, despite the national 45% decline of foreign students in the USA 2020-2021 (Open Doors, IIE). At USCB, we had a 2% increase. Our faculty and students continued to pursue Fulbright and other international opportunities, several with success. This paved the way for international scholarships for students to study abroad during the 2021-2022, notably for USCB to be one of six American universities to receive a grant from the French Embassy. This presentation will delve into the steps and strategies for maintaining the Fulbright values in the time of COVID.

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Dr. Juanita Babet Villena-Alvare

University of South Carolina Beaufort

Presenter Bio

J. Babet Villena-Alvarez is a Fulbright scholar invited by Fulbright Poland for presentations after her summer Fulbright-Hays in 2018. She is Coordinator for USCB’s International Programs, the Beaufort College Honors, and Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs. She was USCB Chair of Humanities/Fine Arts (2007-16), was awarded the Carolina Trustee Professorship in 2012 (UofSC System Board Trustees) and was the South Carolina Governor’s 2010 Professor of the Year. Past leadership roles: Program Director-Liberal Studies, then Spanish prior to 2007. From 2003-06, she was lead PI for the US Dept of Education UISFL grant to internationalize USCB curriculum. She holds graduate degrees from L’Université de Paris-IV Sorbonne (Magistère), el Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana – Madrid (Diploma de Profesor), and University of Cincinnati (Ph.D. Romance Languages, French Literature)

WIRED in Ireland: US-Ireland Research and Learning for Life Heritage Project

Saturday, October 8 – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Join this interactive session to learn about the WIRED project, a US and Irish Fulbright Alumni initiative to establish a research institute focused on the discovery, safeguarding and showcasing of Ireland’s history, environment and cultural heritage in the South East.
The WIRED project is structured into four independent but inter-related centers of activity. These are: i) research on Wexford history, heritage and culture; ii) Education programs for older adults; iii) socio-cultural innovation and enterprise; and iv) a digital archive for historical and genealogical artefacts.
We invite you to identify opportunities for you to partner with others in your network and beyond to collaborate and engage with WIRED in the US and/or Ireland.

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Dr. Anne Graham Cagney

South East Technological University, Ireland

Presenter Bio

Anne is a Senior Lecturer/Professor at SETU (South East Technology University Ireland). Her teaching and qualitative research interests lie in the area of Transformative Learning, Educator Professional Identity and Role Engagement. Anne is an Irish Fulbright Scholar and has held research fellowships and visiting professor appointments at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Henley Management College/University of Reading, United Kingdom; and the Open University in the UK and Europe. She is a Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Fellow, CIPD Fellow, Researcher in Residence with the Teaching Council Ireland, and current President of the Irish Fulbright Alumni Association.
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Leslie A. Cordie

Auburn University

Presenter Bio

Leslie A. Cordie is an Associate Professor in the Adult Education program at Auburn University and the recipient of a Fulbright Research Scholarship to the West Indies where she worked in support of an educational enhancement project. She has over 25 years combined experiences in higher education, government and military, and corporate America. Her background includes training, instructional design, program and professional development, and healthcare. Leslie holds a Ph.D. in Education, with specializations in distance learning, adult learning theory, and technical writing. She also holds an MBA, and her professional experience includes positions with the airline industry, the U.S. Air Force, and public health.

A Fulbright Experience During the COVID Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges

Saturday, October 8 – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

Recently returned from a Fulbright Chair opportunity at the University of Calgary, to conduct research on mental health preparation of pre-service teacher candidates, I was surprised by the lack of support at the university, but found positive highlights and engagement from individuals both within the University and from outside areas. There were several issues of access and availability during January and February of 2022 as the University decided to remain virtual. Yet, I was able to conduct a workshop and put my research through the ethics board, though waited during the two-month period before granted approval. Yet, positive opportunities were available! How to find those opportunities will be the highlight of this presentation!

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Dr. Barbara Schwartz-Bechet

Misericordia University

Presenter Bio

Dr. Barbara Schwartz-Bechet is the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and Education at Misericordia University. She has worked in higher education for over 25 years and received her doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis/Emotional Disturbance from Columbia Univerity, NY, NY in 1994. She has presented at and has been a requested speaker at local, national and international conferences, universities and school systems, received three Fulbright scholarships, including a grant to review the highly regarded program for individuals with Autism, the Shafallah Center, in Doha, Qatar in 2016 and an opportunity to teach graduate course She was currently engaged as a Fulbright Chair to identify mental health currciular needs in Calgary, Canada. She is widely published and has recieved several grants.

Why Don’t We Talk About Money? Building Communal Resilience and Financial Wellbeing

Saturday, October 8 – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM (Roundtable Discussion in Regency I & II)

Presentation Abstract

In our society, talking about money is taboo – but it doesn’t have to be. Bottling in our financial stress can impact our personal wellbeing and our relationships.

Inspired by the founder’s Fulbright experience, the Money Health Collective is a nonprofit initiative that uses design thinking to provide a free and welcoming space to talk about money. Participants have described it as “refreshing and fulfilling,” “an honest, unique experience where real people have real conversations around money,” with “shared understanding that money affects us all differently, and we can all help each other.”

The presenter will facilitate an exercise to help participants explore their stories around money, build instant connections with other conference participants, and have fun while doing it!

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Ms. Lin Shi

Money Health Collective

Presenter Bio

Lin believes that community-based financial resilience is a safeguard for the instability our society is facing; to this end, Lin is building a global nonprofit movement called the Money Health Collective, a communal support system designed to relieve financial distress.

Previously, Lin was a Fulbright-Schuman grantee to the European Union, researching workforce exit risks and trends, against the backdrop of each country’s pension system. Following the grant, Lin was named a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador.

Lin is also an actuary and principal consultant for Mercer, helping multinational organizations improve employee outcomes and deploy financial wellbeing strategies. She serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, and she is a Community Champion for the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

Bridging the Gap: EMGLEX and the Discrepancies in Global Emergency Medicine

Saturday, October 8 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (General Session in Cabinet)

Presentation Abstract

Healthcare is a human right, especially in case of health emergencies. Unfortunately, many countries, including many HICs with otherwise advanced healthcare systems, do not yet have well-developed education or clinical practice in Emergency Medicine (EM). This leads to a relatively unknown healthcare disparity for hundreds of millions in their times of most urgent need. Literature emphatically demonstrates that robust training in EM is critical to patient outcomes. Emergency Medicine Global Learning Exchange (EMGLEX) was founded to help address these and many related critical issues through international educational exchange, heavily inspired by the Fulbright Program itself. This presentation will address the background, current status, and future directions of this important work.

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Dr. Alexandra Asrow

Emergency Medicine Global Learning Exchange

Presenter Bio

Dr. Alexandra Asrow, FACEP is a practicing board-certified Emergency Physician from Chicago, the Founder/Director of Emergency Medicine Global Learning Exchange (EMGLEX), and the Chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians Ambassador Program, as well as the lead ambassador to Italy. She is an assistant professor at University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. She graduated from Brown University with honors, The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and Amita Resurrection Emergency Medicine Residency. She has participated in multiple international exchanges leading to and inspiring her work today, including at the University of Bologna, Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Umberto Primo Hospital in Rome, and was awarded and completed her Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Torino. She firmly believes in the power of international exchange to change the world.

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Alyscia Batista

Brown University

Presenter Bio

Alyscia Batista is a fourth year student at Brown University studying Immunobiology and Public Health. She has worked as a medical interpreter and clinical volunteer. Originally from Peru, she is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and enjoys spending her free time in nature.

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William Forys

Brown University

Presenter Bio

William Forys is a rising junior at Brown University concentrating in Biology and International & Public Affairs, and a summer intern at EMGLEX. Originally from Northern Virginia, he’s passionate about expanding quality healthcare access and the comparative development of global health systems.

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Mikaela Lies

Loyola University Chicago

Presenter Bio

Mikaela Lies is a 4th-year student at Loyola University Chicago studying Public Health, Biostatistics, and Spanish. She plans to graduate with her Master’s in Public health in 2024 to begin a career focused on global health research.

Reunion, Resilience & Reciprocity: Fulbright’s Yemini English Teacher Trainees

Saturday, October 8 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (General Session in Diplomat)

Presentation Abstract

This presentation gives a voice to Fulbright grant funded Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) teacher trainees who were trained in Sanaa, Yemen. In alignment with this year’s theme ” Resilience”, this presentation showcases two Fulbright alumni, one from Yemen, the other from the US who reunited through LinkedIn and teamed up to reciprocate with teacher training. The presentation will explore Yemini TESOL teacher candidate’s perceptions on their professional growth through their weekly reflections during their Fulbright funded training cycle. Participants will explore, discuss and celebrate these meaningful journeys by engaging with the concept of reflective practice and the idea of Chris Argyris’ ‘double-loop learning.’

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Dr. Jasmin Cowin

Touro University

Presenter Bio

Dr. Cowin is a Fulbright Scholar; Assistant Professor and TESOL Practicum Coordinator at Touro University; sustainability advisor for access and equity for Computers for Schools Burundi; collaborator with Prof. Abdullah Al Ghurbani, President of Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training, and Development a teacher training and translation institution in Sanaa, Yemen, member of the TESOL International CALL-IS Steering Committee, co-Chair of the of the Technology Enhanced Language Learning SIG 2022 conference, conference chair of the 51st NYS TESOL conference 2021. Recent presentations focused on Computers for Schools Burundi: Gukorera Hamwe through Cultural Competency Training, Yemeni TESOL Teaching & Training for the Future: Exploring Google, Virtual Fieldtrips and Open Educational Resources (OER’s), The Metaverse: Layers, Applications, and Terminology, The Next Normal: Metaverse, Virtual Beings, AI cloning for the World Higher Education Ranking Summit (WHERS), Dubai, UAE.

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Abdullah Al Ghurbani, Ph.D.

Presenter Bio

Fulbright recipient (2005 USA), Prof. Abdullah Al Ghurbani, Ph.D., President of Future Horizons Foundation for Translation, Training, and Development a teacher training and translation institution in Sanaa, Yemen has 29 years of experience in the field of teaching English as a foreign/second language. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature, English Department, College of Languages, Sana’a University and was sponsored through a Fulbright grant to acquire the SIT TESOL certification at Rennert International, New York, U.S.A, 2012.

The Lasting Impacts of Economic Empowerment

Saturday, October 8 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (General Session in Congressional)

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will discuss the origins of Watts of Love and how the program developed over the last nine years. The presenter will talk about the empowerment model, and how that is lifting people out of poverty, encouraging communities to be successful in ways that are culturally and institutionally appropriate. Additionally, the presenter will discuss the impact Watts of Love has, emphasizing the work being done with local partner Chief Theresa Kachindamoto of Malawi and the prevention of child marriages. This presentation highlights a simple solution, but with an impact that can grow, scale, transcend language, and culture.

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Ms. Nancy Economou

Watts of Love

Presenter Bio

Nancy Economou is the founder and CEO of Watts of Love, a global nonprofit bringing people the power to lift themselves out of the darkness of poverty through solar lighting and financial literacy training. Watts of Love was founded in 2013 after Nancy went on a business trip to the Philippines and saw the devastating effects of kerosene after seeing a child’s face burned. Compelled as a mother, Nancy set out to bring her patented solar lights to the nearly one billion people living in the darkness of poverty and teach financial literacy to change communities. Over the last nine years, Nancy has delivered solar lights and the Watts of Love program to 52 countries, giving 77,554 lights, and changing 542,878 lives forever.

From Vietnam, Lithuania, Poland, to Ukraine: World Peace in the Time of Putin

Saturday, October 8 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (General Session in Susquehanna & Severn)

Presentation Abstract

Drawing from my Fulbright encounters in Lithuania and Poland in summer 2005, I reflect on world peace and a country’s grappling with aggression and its reverberation. With Putin’s war against Ukraine rages on, we must ask how people confront not just the rubbles of destruction but also negotiate other forms of domination that will carry on for years to come. As a Vietnamese-American Fulbrighter to Sweden in 2004-05, I was personally galvanized when Sweden and Finland sought to join NATO in May 2022. Several months into Putin’s invasion of and catastrophic destruction in Ukraine, the question of national security for small-sized countries such as Sweden and Taiwan has become ever-more urgent. What strategies and hope can we garner from Lithuania and Poland for Ukraine today?

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Dr. Trangdai Glassey-Tranguyen

Vietnamese Diasporas Projects

Presenter Bio

Trangdai Glassey-Tranguyen, Ph.D. (trangdai.net) is an award-winning bilingual author who has worked to foster world peace, racial equity, cross- cultural understanding, and social justice. The founder/director of the Vietnamese Diasporas Projects, she has conducted hundreds of oral history interviews and multi-sited ethnographies on the Vietnamese diasporas in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia for nearly thirty years. She holds an M.A. in History (CSU Fullerton), M.A. in Anthropology (Stanford University), M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology (UC Riverside). She has published over 3,000 poetic, creative, translation, and critical works in academic journals, K-12 texts, anthologies, and the media worldwide in English & Vietnamese. She authored seven books of poetry with translations in thirteen languages.

Diversity & Transparency: Fulbright Abroad

Saturday, October 8 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (General Session in Ambassador)

Presentation Abstract

Fulbrights going abroad face challenges in creating an approach reflecting diversity and transparency; this presentation explores those. These imply we pay attention to inclusion in our interactions, our teaching-meetings; in the host country, and upon return. Transparency is evident in ability to be candid, especially our reports and presentations. Two aspects are particularly helpful for the latter, which will be illustrated with examples: reports should reflect awareness of limits on interactions in-country, while presentations should not only note those, but show data, information, or pictures as representative as possible. If these are evident in our approaches, they will help to ensure success while reflecting an appreciation for the underlying Fulbright mission.

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Dr. Charlotte McDaniel

Ctr for Study of Law & Religion, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Presenter Bio

Prof. McDaniel has focused her career on development of environments supporting ethical interactions and transparency; human and civil rights. As a professor-researcher she also has obtained empirical data addressing ethics. She was a Fulbright Scholar and Sr. Specialist to Finland, Sweden, Tunisia & Indonesia; she is currently Project Lead on a Grant from the State Dept, addressing issues from her Fulbright Tunisia. She served as president and founding president of two Fulbright Chapters, respectively.

Holistic Policing: The Art of the Performance

Saturday, October 8 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (General Session in Judiciary)

Presentation Abstract

Since the murder of George Floyd there has been a worldwide rebellion against anti-Black racism and policing. The movement for Black lives has opened much-needed space to investigate and broaden the study of racialized policing to other communities. My research speaks of racially biased policing in Latina/o communities and a police initiative I authored as a police officer. It aimed at quelling conflict between barrio residents and police due to three unrelated officer-involved shootings. Resiliency lies within the coping strategies for those impacted by police violence. The Art of the Performance is the theatre like interaction of officers within the self, other officers, and society.

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Dr. Roberto Rivera, PhD

University of California, Riverside

Presenter Bio

Dr. Roberto Rivera has focused his research on racialized governmental structures as they intersect the variables of trust in communities of color. He is committed to the advancement of Restorative Justice practices through his Holistic Policing methods. Dr. Rivera is a 2018-19 U.S. Fulbright Scholar awardee in Criminology for Jamaica. His critical criminological scholarship is unique because it is informed by his 20 years of service as a police officer. In 2008, as a law enforcement officer, Dr. Rivera presented nationally and was recognized at the U.S. Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office annual conference in Detroit, Michigan for his Adelante Project initiative. His Master’s degree thesis appears as a chapter in Gringo Injustice: Insider Perspectives on Police, Gangs, and Law.

Fulbright Chronicles: A Workshop for Fulbright Alumni

Saturday, October 8 – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (General Session in Potomac & Patuxent)

Presentation Abstract

Fulbright Chronicles is an independent, peer reviewed, quarterly journal that is by and for all Fulbright alumni, both US and foreign. The interactive workshop will use breakout groups to provide information on key questions: What kinds of submissions are you likely to read? What kinds of themed issues would you like to see and what type of submission are you likely to author? Are there other categories of submissions you would like to see? What suggestions do you have to make the journal representative of the entire Fulbright Program? How best do we connect with potential contributors and readers of the journal who aren’t connected to their alumni association? Who among the Fulbright community would you like to see authoring a piece for the journal?

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Dr. Bruce Svare

Co-Editor Fulbright Chronicles

Presenter Bio

Bruce was a two-time Fulbright Senior Scholar to Thailand (2006-2007; 2014-2015) and is a recent ASEAN Fulbright Research Award recipient (2022). He is a lifetime member of the Fulbright Alumni Association. His Fulbright work focuses on spreading the discipline of contemporary psychology, assisting faculty with curriculum development and scholarly publishing, researching psychology infrastructure in higher education, and assessing mental health care systems and ASEAN’s critical need to train more professional psychologists. Bruce is professor emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at the State University of New York at Albany and has also held visiting appointments at a number of leading Asian institutions. He has received research grants from NSF, NIDA, NIMH, NIA and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

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Kevin F F Quigley

Co-Editor Fulbright Chronicles

Presenter Bio

Kevin was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Thailand and Laos in 2007, has plans for another FSS project in Thailand in 2022, and is a life member of the Fulbright Alumni Association. He has broad, innovative, results-oriented leadership experiences in mission-oriented institutions. These include president of Marlboro College, president of the National Peace Corps Association, executive director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities and director of public policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Kevin has done extensive teaching and publishing as an academic practitioner. At NPCA for nearly a decade, he was the publisher of Worldview, the magazine for the Peace Corps community. Kevin has served on the boards of the American University of Afghanistan, the American University of Nigeria and Swarthmore College.

The Ubiquity of Malaysian Rain

Saturday, October 8 – 4:00 PM – 4:10 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The presenter will tell a story about an isolated boy finding connection in the indiscriminate, baptismal rain of Malaysian monsoon season. Specifically, the story will follow a gaze over shanty rooftops as they reverberate with the music of the deluge, drowning out the chorus of 9,000 miles and a particularly loud Imposter; a rain so dense, surely the whole world was awash with it. The purpose of presentation is to tell a story about growth and identity, incubatory spaces, and how the Fulbright experience can shape a young mind’s outlook. From the prairie to the tropics, nothing dry remains after a Dense Malaysian Rain.

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David Prihoda

Ottawa University and Johnson County Community College

Presenter Bio

My name is David Prihoda. I am an English teacher and perpetual student from Kansas. I have a few credentials and the debt to prove it. I like words, mostly those of better writers. My drive to learn and facilitate linguistic proficiency has taken me across the globe. My presentation focuses on the rain in Malaysia, and how it continues to soak my clothes today. I hope it is useful.

First Generation Scholars and the Power of Fulbright

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 3:55 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

The Fulbright program has the potential to impact the lives of fellows and their host communities in unanticipated ways through firsthand experience. Fellowships can play a particularly critical role in changing the lives of first generation scholars who have had little direct experience abroad. This moth style presentation recounts the story of how a fellowship to Senegal allowed one first generation scholar to tell the untold story of Africa’s Joola shipwreck, the second greatest maritime disaster in peacetime history, in which more people perished than on the RMS Titanic. This talk showcases the power of Story Maps to build community resilience and long-term partnerships abroad, as well as the surprising tale of being knighted by the Senegalese government for Barton’s work in Senegal.

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Karen Barton

University of Northern Colorado

Presenter Bio

Karen Barton is a Professor of Geography and Sustainability at the University of Northern Colorado. Her work focuses on community resilience in marine and agricultural communities in the wake of global environmental change. With support from Fulbright and NEH, she published, ôAfricaÆs Joola Shipwreck: Causes and Consequences of a Humanitarian Disaster,ö which investigates the second greatest maritime shipwreck in non-wartime history. She was recently selected for Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative for women in science. Barton also serves as a Fellow of the Explorers Club, the Royal Geographical Society, and is the Co-President of the Fulbright Colorado. In 2022, she carried the the Society for Woman Geographers expedition flag to the oceanic site of the Joola in memory of the 1,863 individuals who lost their lives.

Project Based Learning on Global Health Bridging an American and a Brazilian University

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (General Session in Congressional)

Presentation Abstract

Building partnership between Brazilian and American universities, three presenters share projects related to Sustainable Development Goals: (1) a ten year project on clinical reasoning translated in several languages including Haitian Creolle. It won Best Practice in Medicine prize, strengthening patient centered care, preparedness and response to disease outbreaks; (2) presented at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the social media based New Jersey Students Educating Against COVID19 initiative for social accountability; (3) the Educational Program to ensure Sustainable Internationalization through a culturally sensitive curriculum collaboratively created by teams from USA, Brazil, Romania, Dominican Republic, and Sierra Leone. An interaction with audience will happen.

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Prof. Mara Rubia Andre Alves De Lima

Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA)

Presenter Bio

Mara Rubia A de Lima, a Fulbright Scholar on Global Health at Rutgers University throughout the 2021 Fall Semester, shared local professional experiences and projects, and her Brazilian culture. She increased her comprehensive health understanding, thinking more globally, and making partnerships. Back to Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), Brazil, she teaches Pulmonology, Narrative Medicine, and Global Health. Her primary interest is chronic cough. She has 15 year experience as Principal Investigator in asthma clinical trials. She is part of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee focused on the health of people of color and Haitian immigrants. She volunteers at the Rondon Project by the Brazilian Ministry of Defense doing community service with UFCSPA students in low resource settings in the Amazon.

Brandi Peacock – General Session, Project Based Learning

Brandi Peacock

Presenter Bio

Brandi Peacock is a motivated self-starter with significant leadership skills developed through projects on the diverse Rutgers New Brunswick campus. She is proficient in technical writing and advanced composition skills, and also in office related programs including word processing, statistical analysis and editing. She has na American Heart Association BLS Certification and Human Subject in Research Certificatio, and is actively seeking admission to medical school. She is a Master of Biomedical Sciences, and shehas a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Her work expirience includes the following: Personal Care Assistant, NJ PASP/SDS Fiscal Management; Data Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Medical Scribe, ScribeAmerica; Hospital Patient Transporter, Cooper University Hospital; Retail Sales, Gap Stores Unlimited, Cherry Hill, NJ; and Crew Member, AMC Theaters, Cherry Hill, NJ.

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Dr. Sabiha Hussain

Presenter Bio

Dr. Sabiha Hussain is a pulmonary and critical care physician, who is head of the Interventional Pulmonary Program as well as the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program. Her clinical research is in the area of cystic fibrosis as well as environmental exposure. She has a degree by UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, Rutgers University; fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine, at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; Residency in Pulmonary Critical Care and in Internal Medicine , at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is a specialist in Pulmonary Disease – American Board of Internal Medicine; Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine; and Critical Care Medicine.

Dialogue and Difference: Global Cultural Diplomacy and Community-Building through Collaborative Theater and Storytelling

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (General Session in Judiciary)

Presentation Abstract

Since meeting at an Alumni TIES conference in 2019, Fulbright alum Sarah Cohen and Hand2Mouth Artistic Director Jonathan Walters have developed and implemented a series of creative, cultural-exchange focused workshops in 10+ countries via PAS grants from U.S. embassies around the world. What makes this model so replicable? Horizontal, inclusive workshops that get participants to discover how theatre, singing, storytelling and movement can be combined to find unexpected and joyful ways to create community. In each country, diverse American teaching artists work alongside local artists to guide participants to uncover their stories- and in only three days collectively create a live theatre piece. We also produce original video pieces. Everyone is an artist – come see what we’ve discovered.

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Sarah Cohen

EY, Hand2Mouth Theatre

Presenter Bio

Sarah has worked in the U.S. and abroad as an educator, coach, producer, and consultant. She is the creator of a storytelling-based model that pairs the production of documentary films with community-led workshops to support communities in confronting complex topics, which she has implemented via 10+ U.S. Department of State grants in Colombia and Zambia, and most recently, in partnership with Hand2Mouth Theatre in Namibia, Peru, Georgia and Ethiopia. As a teacher in the Bronx, New York, and in Bogotá, Colombia on a Fulbright ETA, she advocated for students with disabilities and has taught graduate courses in Special Education. Sarah served as an in-house Instructional Coach for a network within Chicago Public Schools, leads DEI facilitation, and works as a change management consultant.

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Jonathan Walters

Presenter Bio

Jonathan Walters is the founding Artistic Director of Hand2Mouth Theatre with a long history of working internationally on cultural exchange through theater arts. He has been working with the U.S. Department of State posts to tour theater work and create new works on-site with local community groups. He was awarded a U.S. Alumni TIES grant for a project called “Transforming Conflict Through Theatre” – to work with the head of Portland State University’s Conflict Resolution department to embed best practices in community theater story-sharing workshops. These workshops are the centerpiece of 10+ projects funded by U.S. Embassy PAS Annual Program grants around the world.

Social Suffering and Bearing Witness to Marginalized Communities in a Post-pandemic World

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (General Session in Cabinet)

Presentation Abstract

How do we encounter and interpret suffering on an unprecedented scale? Social suffering refers to hardship or trauma that is collective in both its experience and the manner of its production. This session examines the pandemic as the ultimate form of social suffering, and our response/responsibilities as scholars and practitioners through acts of witness. Case-studies focus on communities around the globe that were at high risk for structural violence throughout the pandemic, including women and children (Africa), and refugees. Audience engagement topics include the role of radical kinship when researching the pandemic, the cultivation of transformative scholarship, and the possibilities for structural healing therein.

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Dr. Kathleen Gallagher

St. Mary’s University

Presenter Bio

Kathleen Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Graduate International Relations (St. Mary’s University, San Antonio TX) and a Visiting Scholar at the South Asia Institute (University of Texas, Austin). Kathleen has conducted extensive research in Nepal as a cultural anthropologist exploring processes of exclusion with marginalized communities (squatters, refugees, asylees and slave/ex-slave populations). Her vocational interests are rooted in a desire to provide voice to stories and struggles that might otherwise go unheard; her research has been published in a diverse array of journals. Kathleen completed her undergraduate work in philosophy and psychology (University of Scranton), her master’s degree in sociology (Tribhuvan University, Nepal), and her doctoral studies in anthropology (Harvard University). She is a recipient of the Fulbright (IIE) and Fulbright-Hays awards.

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Divina Akuma

St. Mary’s University

Presenter Bio

Divina Akuma recently earned her M.A. in International Relations (St. Mary’s University) and is currently working with Afghani refugees as a Refugee Case Worker for Catholic Charities, Fort Worth. She is particularly interested in the empowerment of marginalized communities, including in her native Kenya.

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Lusa Tshibangu

St. Mary’s University

Presenter Bio

Lusa Tshibangu recently graduated with her M.A. in International Relations and J.D. (St. Mary’s University) and is currently pursuing a master’s in transnational crime and justice from UNICRI. Lusa’s work and research focuses on international human rights with a special interest in the plight of communities in her parent’s home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

How to Turn Your Fulbright Into a Book — No Matter What Happened

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (General Session in Ambassador)

Presentation Abstract

Many Fulbrighters have the sense that our experiences abroad could add up to a compelling book. Yet pulling together anecdotes to craft a coherent, publishable narrative can be daunting. In this interactive, workshop-like session, you’ll get advice on turning your Fulbright experiences—especially the unexpected ones!—into a book. We’ll draw from examples of Fulbrighters who wrote books as their official project, as pivots when circumstances changed, and even as retrospectives long after their travels. Whether your Fulbright was recent or long ago, creativity IS resilience. Turning the ups and downs of our journeys, relationships, and discoveries into stories that entertain others and open minds can make it all worthwhile.

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Minal Hajratwala

Unicorn Authors Club

Presenter Bio

Minal Hajratwala’s time as a 2010 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellow in Mumbai led to two books: a groundbreaking anthology that she edited, Out! Stories from the New Queer India, and her own poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment. While in India she also co-founded a poetry publishing collective and collaborated on a film that was shown at documenta13. She has coached authors, including Fulbrighters, for more than a decade and is the founder of the Unicorn Authors Club (www.unicornauthors.club). Her other books include a travel guidebook, Moon Fiji, and an award-winning nonfiction epic, Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents, which was called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by the Washington Post. She is a graduate of Stanford University and was a National Arts Journalism Program fellow at Columbia University.

Effective Leadership: Building and Developing Leadership Capacity

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (General Session in Diplomat)

Presentation Abstract

Effective leadership is an essential component to any organization. Based on doctoral research, the session will focus on the most effective strategies for building and developing leadership capacity in education. These research-based strategies can be applied to other disciplines. The attendees will learn about these strategies and discuss how to apply these strategies to their organizations. Together, we will compile a practical action plan for building and developing leadership capacity to advance our organizations.

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Dr. Annette Marie Jones

St. John Regional Catholic School

Presenter Bio

Dr. Annette Marie Jones is the principal of St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Maryland. Dr. Jones most recently served as the Assistant Director for School Leadership at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). She serves on the Friends of Fulbright Finland (FoFF) Alumni Council and is Vice-President of the National Chapter of Capitol Area (NCCA), Fulbright Association in Washington, DC. Dr. Jones has participated in numerous international programs, including the Senator J. William Fulbright Scholarship Program to Finland, United States Department of State Fellowship to Argentina, and the Global Exchange Initiative to China. Dr. Annette Marie Jones holds a doctoral degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a specialist in education degree in School Superintendency from Ball State University.

The Art Of Cultural Integration (Tajikistan, Zambia, and America)

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (General Session in Susquehanna & Severn)

Presentation Abstract

The research began with the concept of investigating the effect of husbands’ labor migration on wives and traditional gender roles in two countries; Tajikistan and Zambia. The work burned cultural barriers and broke the unspoken differences between the Tajik and women of color like myself.
I intentionally chose Tajikistan to research as a Fulbright scholar from the USA. My close friend /roommate during my Ph.D. was from Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. Years later, I became her maid at her wedding, and we are still connected to this day. We learned a lot from each other and exchanged cultural values such as food, religion, and music. In the presentation, I will share the data collected from pictures and amplify the voices of women of color in countries where there are none.

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Dr. Grace Mukupa

The Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) an agency of the United States Department of Homeland

Presenter Bio

Dr. Mukupa holds a Ph.D. in international development from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, she has two master’s, one in Global Gender Studies and the other in Business Administration. (MBA). She was a Fulbright Scholar in Tajikistan and a Peace Corps Volunteer in North Macedonia.
She is the outgoing president of the Crystal City Pentagon Rotary Club and serves on the board for Margaret McNamara Education Grants at the World Bank.
Dr. Mukupa was born in Zambia, raised in Japan and Belgium, and is now a U.S. citizen who speaks nine languages. Currently, she serves as president of the Crystal City-Pentagon Rotary International.

American Image Abroad: Determinants of the Contemporary U.S. Nation Brand

Saturday, October 8 – 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM (General Session in Potomac & Patuxent)

Presentation Abstract

The American image abroad has been undergoing significant swings in modern times, often dependent on U.S. involvement abroad and Presidential messaging. While the underlying tenets of the American brand – freedom and democracy – have remained influential, more nuanced evaluations of American foreign policy, and U.S. domestic policy in the international news, have been increasingly influencing foreign audiences’ perceptions. In this paper, we examine existing literature on the U.S. image abroad to set the stage for our subsequent analysis of the contemporary American nation brand and how it is perceived by foreign audiences. We seek to answer if US identity as an international role model of democracy has changed.

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Ms. Julia Pataky

Public Diplomacy Section, U.S. Embassy Vienna & Fulbright Austria

Presenter Bio

Julia Pataky is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Public Diplomacy Section of the U.S. Embassy Vienna. A native of Vienna, Julia embarked on her journey as an Austrian Fulbright student in fall of 2018 to pursue her MA in intercultural and international communication at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. During her time in DC, she contributed to the strategic implementation of the European Commission’s foreign policy instruments at the EU Delegation to the U.S. Julia has presented her research on U.S. & EU public diplomacy strategies at numerous conferences, including the International Studies Association Annual Convention. Before returning to Vienna in late 2020, Julia worked at the Goethe-Institut, in Kansas City, MO.

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Hannes Richter

Presenter Bio

Hannes Richter is the deputy director of the Austrian Press and Information Service at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC.

Winding Roads

Saturday, October 8 – 4:15 PM – 4:25 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

In the 14th century, an Egyptian documented his arduous pilgrimage to the Land of Israel in 130 illustrations. This scroll, exhibited at the Israel Museum for the first time, gives a visual account of his travels in a form of a map.

This talk is about my visual examination of the complex fabric of Jerusalem, through both my art and that of my students. Both fiction and non-fiction, linear and non-linear, it’s told through the eyes of an immigrant artist whose work deals with a sense of belonging and place, of getting lost and finding one’s way. The work speaks to navigating the city and the system, the visas and the Covid rules. It’s a story of triumph and challenge, in big ways and small.

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Masha Ryskin

Rhode Island School of Design

Presenter Bio

Masha Ryskin is a Russian-born printmaker, painter, and installation artist. Her work has been exhibited nationally and Internationally. She holds a BFA from Rhode esland School of Design and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Ryskin is a recipient of numerous grants, including two Fulbright Fellowships and the Rhode Island Fellowship in Printmaking and Drawing. Her work has been reviewed in a number of publications, including the New York Times.

She has collaborated with a number of artists, including Yuko Kimura, printmaker from Cleveland, OH, and most recently with Serge Marchetta, a mixed-media artist from Montreal. Together, Marchetta and Ryskin have exhibited in the United States, Canada, Israel, and Europe.

Ryskin is currently Associate Professor at Rhode Island School of Design.

The Balancing Act

Saturday, October 8 – 4:30 PM – 4:40 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

A woman who once disowned her cultural heritage to pursue her ambitions returns to Korea on a roots-searching journey. To her surprise, she discovers that her motherland has a similar story to tell. Korea, too, seeks to reconcile its lost heritage with modernization. As an architect, the Lee-Hartford tells the story by surveying the development of Korean residential architecture, weaving in personal stories of her family and the people who dwell in the houses she studies.

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Mrs. Juhee Lee-Hartford

River Architects, PLLC

Presenter Bio

Juhee Lee-Hartford is a Korean-born American architect who has been awarded multiple fellowships for her research and writing, including the Fulbright fellowship, the MacDowell Fellowship, and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She is the founding and managing partner of Hudson Valley-based River Architects PLLC, an architectural practice dedicated to Passive House, Net Zero, and sustainable design. Lee-Hartford is currently completing a nonfiction book, “Dwelling Under the Influence,” an exploration of the way Koreans used to live—and how they live now.

Partisan, Prisoner, and Pensioner: Albanian Composer Dhora Leka’s Journey Heard through Her 1999 Cello Work Improvisus

Saturday, October 8 – 4:40 PM – 4:50 PM (Fulbright Talk in Regency III & IV)

Presentation Abstract

My presentation is structured as a counterpoint of interconnecting narratives, histories, and memories that explores the resistance and resilience of the Albanian woman composer and former political prisoner Dhora Leka (1923-2006, who I met in Hamburg in 2000 after the premiere of her solo cello work Improvisus. Commissioned by the artist defense fund AIDA after Leka’s 1992 release from thirty-six years of imprisonment in her country’s prison and labor camps, this short work is a haunting lamentation that re-members a 1943 song she composed to honor a fellow partisan killed during World War II. Later, when serving as General Secretary of the Albanian Artist’s Union in 1954, Leka’s demand for political reform resulted in her trial and initial sentencing to twenty-five years as her musical works were destroyed by the Hoxha regime. Although Leka was rehabilitated later and awarded the People’s Artist of the Albanian Order of Merit, she never received compensation for the hardships she endured during her years in forced labor when she was forbidden to compose. Returning to Tirana as a frail, seventy-year-old pensioner, Leka spent the final years of her life composing works to commemorate the victims of political persecution in her country. Weaving together diverse historical sources, memories of meeting the composer, as well as fragments of my own recording of Improvisus, this presentation seeks to communicate aspects of Leka’s journey heard in the silences and anguished cry of the cello as it addresses both the individual and collective suffering endured under the regime.

Gwyneth Bravo – Partisan, Prisoner, and Pentioner

Dr. Gwyneth Bravo

NYU Abu Dhabi & NYU Steinhardt NYC

Presenter Bio

Dr. Gwyneth Bravo

New York University Abu Dhabi & New York University (New York- Steinhardt) – Assistant Professor of Music (NYU Abu Dhabi) Global Network Assistant Professor of Music (NYU Steinhardt)

Gwyneth Bravo is an Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi and a Global Network Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Steinhardt. A musicologist and cellist, Bravo holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her research examines the relationship between music, politics, and philosophy in twentieth and twenty-first-century European and global contexts, with a focus on nationalism, exile, conflict, and gender studies. A Fulbright scholar to Germany, Bravo worked with the research group Exile Music at the University of Hamburg, publishing in Lebenswege von Musikerinnen im Dritten Reich und im Exil-a volume examining the impact of National Socialism, forced migration, and exile on European, women musicians during the period 1933-1945. Bravo is the co-author of “Mortal Encounters, Immortal Rendezvous: Literary-Musical Counterpoints between Erwin Schulhoff’s Flammen and Karel Josef Beneš’s Don Juan,” which was published recently in New Paths in Opera: Martinů, Burian, Hába, Schulhoff (eds.) Kelly St. Pierre and Helena Spurná (Hollitzer, 2022). https://www.hollitzer.at/buch/new-paths-in-opera